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Language of the GunYouth, Crime, and Public Policy$
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Bernard E. Harcourt

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226316086

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226316079.001.0001

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A Genealogy of the Youth Gun Field

A Genealogy of the Youth Gun Field

(p.179) 12 A Genealogy of the Youth Gun Field
Language of the Gun
University of Chicago Press

With a view to mapping the terrain of law and policy onto the discussion of methodological approaches, the analysis here begins with a genealogical inquiry: How did law and policy alternatives emerge, develop, fragment, and reproduce over time? What are the disciplines, institutions, and practices that engendered these policies—or alternatively, that were themselves born of these projects? Such an inquiry involves two tasks. The first task is to trace the genealogy of the larger research field in order to locate the birth of youth gun studies. The second task is to explore the micropolitics of the laws and policies surrounding youth gun possession at the turn of the twenty-first century. How is it that youth gun possession became such a hot political issue in the mid- to late 1990s? This chapter addresses these two lines of inquiry.

Keywords:   genealogical inquiry, methodological approach, law and policy, youth gun studies, gun possession, micropolitics

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