Number 6 in an occasional series ‘We are not Aliens’.
Modern urban street gangs have evolved into tribal organisational structures. These new urban tribes have developed into a subculture in the streets of the urban jungle. They claim territory, are self-supporting, have their own language and customs, and establish their own rules and codes of conduct. Their customs are passed to new members by rites of passage from generation to generation, thus ensuring the continuance of the gang. Gang members identify themselves as a people that are separate from the rest of society.