Gangbanging on the Internet: A Sociological Study of New Modes of Intra and Inter-Gang Communication and Association
Gang members, like much of the rest of society, are now making extensive use of the Internet. Several Interent forums have recently appeared in which self-proclaimed gang members communicate with one another about various subjects. Several themes are evident in this communication: (1) members defend their group against 'stereotypes', (2) alliances and rivalries are reinforced, (3) loosely affiliated cells of the same group are strengthened through sustained rapport, (3) members relate personal experiences, grievances, etc., (4) ex-members relate 'horror stories' and object-lessons with the intention of dissuading individuals from joining gangs, (5) girlfriends and family members engage the talk of gang members, (6) past events are recounted differently by participants in conversation.
Keywords: Internet, Gangs
Dr. Louis Kontos
Lecturer, Department of Sociology