Using the GCU library and other search options, investigate the group MS-13. In 750-1,000 words, relate the following information on MS-13:
1. Summarize the background of MS-13.
2. Describe how social structure or social process theory apply to MS-13 group; if both apply, explain how they apply and if neither applies explain why.
3. Explain how social structure or social process theory can be used to explain why the people committed the crime.
4. Describe how social structure or social process theorists would view this specific case.
5. Explain significant studies used by the theorists and how the studies might apply to understanding the case.
6. Explain which subtheory of social structure and/or social process theory apply to this group and why.
MS13, or the Mara Salvatrucha, is one of the most infamous criminal organizations in the Americas. The gang’s influence has spread from its roots in the 1980s’ destitute, refugee-filled districts of Los Angeles all the way to Central America and Europe (Akers & Jennings, 2019). Although the gang is mostly an extortion-based criminal organization, its members remain loyal to one another due to the social relationships they’ve formed through their shared experience of violence. According to the social theory, there are robust relationships between attachment, commitment, participation, and belief and criminal behavior (Solakoglu & Yuksek, 2020). The social control hypothesis may help shed light on the prevalence of the MS-13 gang, whose members typically lack family ties, formal education, and respect for societal norms. A lack of good role models and control can lead to a person having low intelligence and social skills, without regard for the norms of their community or society at large; in other words, an ideal candidate for membership in the MS-13 gang. We can’t rely on non-punitive means of social control. Most gang members are deported back to their native countries, where they can continue to cause mayhem and consolidate influence over their communities without fear of prosecution. Cont…
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