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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

A gang is a group of individuals that share a common identity, even if that identity consists of little more than their association with one another. In early English usage, it referred to a group of workmen, and later underwent pejoration. It could refer to harmless associations of youngsters (as depicted in the Our Gang film shorts), and could carry sentimental and positive associations (e.g., the 1917 drinking song "Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here"). A member of a gang is called a gangster. Activities include drug smuggling and sales, arms trafficking, theft, human trafficking, illegal immigration, battery, extortion, kidnapping, murder, pandering, financial crimes, etc.

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