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  • Chapter 1 of you textbook provided a historical account of gang emergence and institutionalization in large cities. We see that the emergence of street gangs in the United States can be explained by a series of social and historical events and urban conditions. During this week’s reading, Chapter 5 discusses several key factors of the five-stage theory of gang formation, expansion, and associated violence. Using outside resources provide a 200 to 500 word critique of the five-stage theory of gang formation, expansion, and associated violence. In your response be sure to cite three (3) strengths and three (3) weaknesses of this theory.
  • The social disorganization theory has received substantial empirical support. The central thesis of this theory is that ethnic heterogeneity, low socioeconomic status, and residential mobility reduce the capacity of community residents to control crime. Using the Internet and Strayer databases review three (3) instances where social disorganization theory can be attributed to modern-day gangs. Next, based on your research do you believe that social disorganization theory explains the hot spots for gang activity and set space influences on gang violence. Provide support for your response.