This chapter attempts to understand the behavior of the hoods by examining their specific offense patterns. It provides evidence that the hoods operate in a subculture of delinquency described as a way of life that has somehow become traditional. Sociologists studying offending among young people have provided two basic insights about juvenile delinquency: first, that it typically is not a solitary enterprise, but a group activity; and second, that delinquent activities, rather than being engaged in by biologically and psychologically abnormal individuals, typically develop in the sociological context of particular territorial locales and cultural traditions. In addition, it was recognized that delinquency took a number of forms and was engaged in for a variety of reasons.
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