Chicago is one of the “gang capitals” in our country, and we can trace the history of gang violence there through our readings of Gang Leader, to the present, by looking at modern-day gangs.
1. Compare the gang problem in the late 80s and early 90s from Gang Leader to the problem in modern day Chicago, as presented in the video below:
Meet Gang Members From Chicago’s West Side (HBO) – 11 minutes (Search with this title if link doesn’t work)
What solutions are presented by Ms. Bailey in Chapter 5 of Gang Leader, as compared to those presented in the video? Describe how the economy is mentioned in both sources. Cite details in the video and quotes and page numbers from the chapter reading.
2. Why does Sudhir decide that a focus on the women in the gang neighborhood is necessary to his study? (Gang Leader, Chapter 5) What does Ms. Bailey suggest Sudhir add to his study? Whom does she hold partially to blame for the poverty of the inner city? Cite the reading with quotes and page numbers.
3. Though the unemployment rate within the Robert Taylor projects is officially 96% during the time of Sudhir’s study, there are actually many underground jobs performed by the project residents. Describe several of these jobs (Chapter 6), with quotes and page numbers.
4. Explain the relationship between poverty, stress and violence, as outlined on pages 50-52 of our Violence text. Cite the reading with quotes and page numbers.
5. Search YouTube for the video below, about a Catholic priest’s solution to gang violence:
Nothing Stops a Bullet Like a Job
What is Father Boyle’s message, and does it make sense or is it naive? Mention details from the video.