This project examines the attraction to the gang environment by using a sociological approach by means of Erving Goffman’s theory of stigma and Axel Honneth’s theory of recognition. The project will focus on the factors which play a role when a person chooses to join a gang and what that person gains from being part of this environment. To examine the problem in the best possible way, we use the two theories to analyze the interview data to get a better understanding of why these young people choose to join this criminal sub-culture. The project is based on the deductive method as we use theory as a framework for obtaining prior understanding and to process and analyze our empirical data. In addition, we have used the qualitative method in the form of interviews and the quantitative method by means of statistics in the form of, for example, charts. The charts illustrate why some of the respondents are especially attracted to gangs rather than joining a non-criminal group. These two methods work well in interaction with each other as they provide a more in-depth perspective on the problem. By using Axel Honneth’s theory of recognition, it has been possible for us to find a similarity between the denial of recognition within Honneth’s three spheres experienced by the respondents and the reason why they seek recognition in the criminal gang environment. Similarly, it is possible to draw a connection between how a stigma can cause a person to seek approval and fellowship, which they may have lacked in the past, in a gang.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis|
|Udgivelsesdato||18 dec. 2014|