A gang is a group of recurrently associating individuals or close friends with identifiable leadership and internal organization, identifying with or claiming control over territory in a community, and engaging either individually or collectively in violent or other forms of illegal behavior. Gang members are typically "jumped in" or have to prove their loyalty by committing acts such as theft or violence. Although gangs exist internationally, there is a greater level of study and knowledgeable information of gangs specifically in the United States.

Read more about GangDefinition, Current Numbers, Notable Examples, Types and Structure, Who Joins and Why, Typical Activities, Gang Violence, Motives, Identification, Gang Membership in The US Military

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Gang Signal - Hand Signs
... "Throwing up" a gang sign (e.g ... where other identifiers may not be possible or appropriate, and it can also show that a gang member is in the area to "do business" as opposed to just passing through ... serve to relay more specific information, such as what set they represent within a larger gang or in which activities they are currently taking part ...
Gang Signal - Clothing
... Clothing is a strong signal that all gangs show ... The clothing gangs wear allows rival gangs to identify who is friend and who is foe ... For example, the uniform for Hispanic gangs are standard and easily recognizable ...
South Dakota Department Of Corrections - Prison Gang Activity
... leading to 2010, prison staff have identified approximately 150 different gangs in South Dakota's State Prisons ... have racial allegiances, like the Gangster Disciples, an African American street gang and the SureƱos, a Hispanic street gang ... Warden Doug Weber told KSFY-TV that two gangs actually formed at the South Dakota State Penitentiary the Family Brotherhood is an Ayran gang and the Red Brotherhood is a Native ...
Dutch Mob
... The Dutch Mob was a New York pickpocket gang during the late nineteenth century ... Irving, former members of the Italian Dave Gang, the Dutch Mob soon became one of the largest pickpocket gangs in the United States numbering around 300 members ... A common tactic of the gang was to stage a street fight and pickpocket the gathering crowd ...
Gang Membership in The US Military
... Gang members in uniform use their military knowledge, skills and weapons to commit and facilitate various crimes. 2011, the NGIC has identified members of at least 53 gangs whose members have served in or are affiliated with US military ... Barfield, a Defense Department investigator, said there is an online network of gangs and extremists "They're communicating with each other about weapons ...

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    What lies behind facts like these: that so recently one could not have said Scott was not perfect without earning at least sorrowful disapproval; that a year after the Gang of Four were perfect, they were villains; that in the fifties in the United States a nothing-man called McCarthy was able to intimidate and terrorise sane and sensible people, but that in the sixties young people summoned before similar committees simply laughed.
    Doris Lessing (b. 1919)

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    —Unknown. Brown Robyn’s Confession (l. 23–28)

    We owe to genius always the same debt, of lifting the curtain from the common, and showing us that divinities are sitting disguised in the seeming gang of gypsies and peddlars.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)