Episode 25: Gangs, Activists, and Law Enforcement: The Formation of Relational Role Theory: How Stakeholders Externalize Violent Street Gangs (Research Miniseries 1 of 3)

A dissertation is the culmination of a doctoral students’ journey as they seek their terminal degrees. It is a long and treacherous process, which tests our research abilities, and where we are tasked with the responsibility of adding to the knowledge base of our field. In this first part of a three-segment mini-series, we wanted to take moment and recognize Kacey Shap and his contributions to the field of social and behavioral science, and have a chat about his study, which is titled:  Gangs, Activists, and Law Enforcement: The Formation of Relational Role Theory How Stakeholders Externalize Violent Street Gangs.

Episode 20: Why Do People Join Gangs? A Discussion About Perceptions Towards and Experiences with Gangs (Guest Speakers)

Gang violence has plagued our cities for decades. According to the FBI, about 5% of our youth (or 1.4 million) is involved in a gang to some degree and they make up about a fifth of homicide rates. In Kacey Shap’s forthcoming book, titled “The Sage, The Shepherd and the Peacemaker: How Gangs, Police and Activists Externalize Violence Through Gangs” he explores gangs as a holistic system. The question we came together to address on this episode is: why do people join gangs in the first place?

Episode 11: People’s High-Low towards 5-0: Sentiment Towards Police Officers

According to a 2015 Gallup survey, 64% of Americans revealed they had a “great deal of respect” for the police. In 2016, that figure jumped to 76%. Contrarily, in an article found on Reuters, 31% of Americans believe police lie routinely to serve their own interests… 45% among African-Americans, 41% among young people, 39% among Democrats.

Considering news coverage of police officers using excess brutality, allegedly racially profiling and being unjust, what are the various perceptions towards our men and women in blue?