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Language of the Gun: Youth, Crime, and Public Policy

Bernard E. Harcourt


Legal and public policies concerning youth gun violence tend to rely heavily on crime reports, survey data, and statistical methods. Rarely is attention given to the young voices belonging to those who carry high-powered semiautomatic handguns. This book recounts in-depth interviews with youths detained at an all-male correctional facility, exploring how they talk about guns and what meanings they ascribe to them in a broader attempt to understand some of the assumptions implicit in current handgun policies. In the process, the book redraws the relationships among empirical research, law, and ... More

Keywords: youth gun violence, handgun policies, symbolic language, emotional language, guns, empirical research, law, policies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780226316086
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226316079.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bernard E. Harcourt, author