Hello Dr. Glasersfeld,
I am working on creating solutions to gang enrolment and
gang activity in USA. My goal is to create a perspective of
intervention to response gang activity in after school time
based on Radical Constructivism (RC). I plan to use this
model in a Center in Washington DC. Could you please share
your thoughts and suggestion about gang as a social
phenomenon from the perspective of RC.
how to explain gang phenomenon from Radical Constructivism?
Case Manager/AD counselor Trainee
Dear Mr. Martinez,
Your question is really for a social psychologist, which I
am not. What I can say will probably be of no use to
From the moment a child is born (and probably also before),
her budding consciousness is faced with a stream of
sensations that is sometimes pleasant and sometimes not. She
is trying to see some order in that stream, and the way to
order is the generation of regularities, that is to see
repetitions that make it possible to foresee and perhaps to
control what is happening. Control means to pursue pleasant
experiences and to avoid unpleasant ones. If the family
(i.e. whatever people the child grows up with) provides
practically no pleasant, physically or emotionally
satisfying experiences, the child will inevitable turn to
other possibilities of constructing a relatively
controllable environment - and what we call "gangs" provides
a good opportunity for doing that.
This is a very superficial answer to your question, but I
have never got round to thinking much about how social
relations are generated.
Ernst von Glasersfeld