Language of the Gun Youth, Crime, and Public Policy

ISBN-10: 0226316092

ISBN-13: 9780226316093

Edition: 2006

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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. In Language of the Gun, Bernard E. Harcourt recounts in-depth interviews with youths detained at an all-malecorrectional 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, Harcourt redraws the relationships among empirical research, law, and public policy. Home to over 150 repeat offenders ranging in age from twelve to seventeen, the Catalina Mountain School is made up of a particular stratum of boys—those who have committed the most offenses but will still be released upon reaching adulthood. In an effort to understand the symbolic and emotional language of guns and gun carrying, Harcourt interviewed dozens of these incarcerated Catalina boys. What do these youths see in guns? What draws them to handguns? Why do some of them carry and others not? For Harcourt, their often surprising answers unveil many of the presuppositions that influence our laws and policies.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 2/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Bernard Harcourt is Julius Kreeger Professor of Law and Criminology and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science at University of Chicago.

Preface
A Semiotic of the Gun
Catalina Mountain School, Tucson, Arizona
A Road Map of the Catalina Interviews
Symbolic Dimensions and Primary Meanings
Three Clusters of Primary Meanings
Placing the Clusters in Practice Contexts
The Sensual, Moral, and Political Dimensions of Guns
Exploring Methodological Sensibilities
Sartre and the Phenomenological Gaze
Levi-Strauss and the Structural Map
Bourdieu and Practice Theory
Butler and the Performative
Embracing the Paradigm of Dirty Hands
Mapping Law and Public Policy
A Genealogy of the Youth Gun Field
The Landscape of Law and Public Policy
Leaps of Faith in Levitt and Bourgois
Making Ethical Choices in Law and Public Policy
Acknowledgments
Treatment of Juvenile Records in State Sentencing
Notes
References
Index
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