differently than the rest of his friends within his

than the rest of his friends within his community. In the beginning of the
movie, all of the ‘boys’ were young kids in the “hood”, where violence and
crime were normalized, and it was understood that these young men would eventually
conform to these criminal norms.  Tre’s upbringing was greatly influenced
by his father Furious, whom unlike the rest of the
fathers of the “hood”, understood the dangers of living in this environment and
enforced strict rules. He also instilled
the values of respect and responsibility as well as, the importance of education
and of developing a strong work ethic.  As
the film progresses, it is evident that because of Tre’s strong family values and of his upbringing, he is well-socialized
to become a responsible educated adult. 

the use of empirical sociology, we
can “examine people in the aggregate and as individuals. The life history
provided a method of reaching deeply into the cumulative factors and events
shaping the lives of individuals” (Williams & McShane, 2018: 40). Therefore, the many experiences which individuals are
exposed over the course of their lives have a direct relationship on their
future.  Unlike, Tre, 
 Dough Boy was raised in a family structure that had fewer rules and
lack of discipline, and therefore he often resorted to crime and violence, as these
were the accepted ways of dealing with situations, and the normative standards of behaviour within that community.  For example Shaw and McKay (1970), describe these
normative deviances as:

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the same community, theft may defined as right and proper in some groups and as
immoral, improper, and undesirable in others. In some groups wealth and
prestige are secured through acts of skill and courage in the delinquent or
criminal world, while in neighbouring groups any attempt to achieve distinction
in this manner would result in extreme disapprobation” (Shaw & McKay, 1970: