Usage of Media: Is It Impel as a Pull and Push Factor for Behavior of Youth Gangs?

International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS) | Volume II, Issue XI, November 2018 | ISSN 2454–6186

Usage of Media: Is It Impel as a Pull and Push Factor for Behavior of Youth Gangs?

Wijewardhana BVN

Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

Abstract: – The group formation of urban male gangsters is influenced by multiple factors that include their social setting as well as collective psychological behavior. Albert K .Cohen (1964) in his research on delinquent boys, the culture of the gang, attempts to formulate and to solve certain neglected problems. Most of the literature in the field of juvenile delinquency is concerned with the question: Why does this or that boy become delinquent? Cohen’s study argued gangs of boys doing things together: sitting on curbs, standing on the corner, going to the movies, playing ball, smashing windows and going robbery. These things they do are not the simultaneous expression and magical coincidence so many discrete impulses, each with his own history, each fully understandable apart from the others. They are joint activities, deriving their meaning and flavor from the fact of togetherness and governed by a set of common understandings, common sentiments, and common loyalties (Cohen, 1964). This paper try to understand how Medias in society impact to youth gangs and their behavioral patterns. To achieve above purpose 493 youth male were identified as the gang members and data were gathered through observations, questioners, interviews, focus group discussions, case studies. Data has analyzed using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and Microsoft SQL server Management Studio 2008.Through findings its clearly visible media has played a role as a pull and push factor for gang behavior.

Key Words: Behavior, Gangs, Media, Pull factor, Push Factor, Youth

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