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Palgrave Macmillan

Juvenile Offenders and Guns

Voices Behind Gun Violence

ISBN 9781137520135
Publication Date October 2015
Formats No other formats available
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Juvenile Offenders and Guns explores how and why twenty-five incarcerated young men of color acquired and used guns, how guns made them feel, and how they felt about the violence in which they participated as well as the violence to which they were exposed as victims and witnesses. Through their narratives, patterns emerge of boys attempting to become men in homes headed by mothers who struggled financially, the multiple attractions of the street that exceeded those of school, and the risks of the street lifestyle that prompted these youth to arm themselves. Guns, long a part of both American history and myth, arise here as having multiple meanings and serving many symbolic and practical purposes for these youth, from protection to constructing a capable masculinity adapted to their lifestyle in the streets.

Diane Marano served as an assistant prosecutor in Camden, New Jersey, for twenty-five years, supervising the juvenile unit for over two decades. She earned her PhD in Childhood Studies from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in Camden, USA, and has taught Juvenile Justice, Juvenile Law, and Urban Education there.

1. Introduction: Making Meaning from Guns
2. Consuming Violence, Constructing Masculinity
3. Consuming Guns: Pathways to Gun Acquisition
4. Producing Violence: "You Gotta Have a 'Don't Care' Attitude"
5. Consumed by Violence Negative Outcomes, Uncertain Outlooks
6. Conclusion: "A Gun is a Key to Anything You Wanna Do"


"This volume offers useful and original contributions. . . That this research purposively narrows its focus on young men and their varied relationships to guns is timely, revealing, and intriguing." - Laurie Schaffner, Associate Professor, Sociology Department, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
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