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Moses Faleolo

Doctor of Philosophy, (Social work)
Study Completed: 2015
College of Health


Thesis Title
Hard-Hard-Solid! Life histories of Samoans in bloods youth gangs in New Zealand

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Mr Faleolo sought to establish why youth gangs have formed in New Zealand urban centres, and why some young Samoan males are attracted to these gangs.  It used theoretical literature such as Socialization theory and Delinquency theory to explore both how the cultural and societal socialization of young Samoan males lead them to gangs as well as how socialization within gangs secures their commitment to high risk and potentially dangerous behaviour.  Life histories were collected over an eighteen month period from twenty five young Samoan males aged over sixteen years who were members of various Bloods gangs.  Findings from studies of socialization experiences confirmed that various socio-cultural strains weakened controls and led them into gangs, where they are then ''re-socialized'' by their new gang peers. It revealed gang members'' reasons for both joining and leaving gangs and the extent to which Samoan cultural values and practices shape gang values and practices.

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