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Being that the United States is a capitalist society, I find it very important for us to be discussing the effects that it would be having on gang members and if it would change how recruitment, functionality, and status would go. One of the drawbacks to living in a capitalist society is the fact that from a very young age we have this mentality beat into our heads saying that we must make as much money as we humanly can. The drawback to this belief is the fact that not everyone values to teach their offspring the correct way in which to approach this matter and so we get individuals who try to acquire this need for money and flashy items in all sorts of ways. One way in which these individuals try to acquire money in the capitalist society is through the everyday grind that the average person goes through. The other way people attempt to reach this need for money is by performing illicit deeds. This a lot of times goes hand in hand with the person being in some sort of gang (Shelden 2012).

 The class system which is setup by a capitalist society also plays a huge role in why people would partake in criminal activities. People view the different classes as a sort of hierarchy within the society. Those who are positioned on the top on the structure have the most money and the nicest things. The capitalist society that America has makes everyone want to be at the top. This plays largely in why individuals from lower class societies join gangs. Gangs promise these individuals that if they join in their brotherhood they will see riches beyond anything that they could ever imagine. Furthermore, this class system puts a huge gap between the bottom percentage of income in the United States and the top percent. The bottom section of the graph usually contains those individuals who join in gangs because that is what they were born into (Shelden 2012).

The fact that the United States has begun to move more away from the industrial aspect of income into a more technology centered area of income makes this gap continue to grow and the poor to continue to have to turn to alternative ways to try and make money. Because of this shift into the new age of deindustrialization, gang membership has continued to increase since 1998. This is roughly when the shift began to move towards the technology age. Also with the increase of gang membership there will be an influx in the amount of criminal behavior that occurs around the states. This is due to the fact that those who are prone to being more violent or into criminal activities grouping together will push each other to act on those feelings. With this shift in the economy also came a slight downturn in the economy because of some unfortunate events. The downturn in the economy has only increased criminal activity through the years because those who cannot find a way to take care of themselves legally will do so illegally (Shelden 2012).

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