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In the line of fire : youths, guns, and violence in urban America

Author: Joseph F Sheley; James D Wright
Publisher: New York : A. de Gruyter, ©1995.
Series: Social institutions and social change.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Violence committed by and against juveniles has come increasingly to define the public's image of the crime problem and the larger debate over anticrime policy. Though crime rates in most cities have been relatively stable for several years, homicide rates and gun-related assaults involving young males in those same cities have been growing rapidly. In the Line of Fire describes the most extensive study to date of  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph F Sheley; James D Wright
ISBN: 0202305481 9780202305486 020230549X 9780202305493
OCLC Number: 32548421
Description: xii, 180 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Guns and violence as an urban problem. Youth violence in streets and schools ; Weapons in the hands of kids ; Seeking causes: guns, drugs, and gangs ; Research issues ; The present study --
Asking directly: the 1991 youth gun survey. Research sites ; Respondent representativeness ; Methodological issues ; Respondent sociodemographic characteristics ; Sociocriminal profiles --
Guns in the hands of kids. Numbers and types of guns ; Owning versus carrying guns ; Choosing a handgun ; Where and how juveniles obtain guns ; Dealing guns ; Multivariate considerations ; Summary --
Gun possession: crime, status, or protection. Guns and crime ; Gun dealing, gun possession, and crime ; Guns as status symbols ; Guns as protection ; Multivariate considerations ; Summary --
Youth, drugs, and guns. Prior research on drugs and guns ; Drugs and guns in the present samples ; Drug use and gun activity ; Drug distribution and gun activity ; Drugs, predation, and gun activity ; Multivariate considerations ; Summary --
Youth, gangs, and guns. Gangs, weaponry, and violence ; Conceptional issues and measurement ; Gangs and guns ; Individual gang members and guns ; Gang members and gun dealing ; Gangs and motivations for firearm activity ; Multivariate considerations ; Summary --
Related themes for research. Girls and guns ; Weapon-related victimization ; Guns in the suburbs ; Conclusions --
Kids, guns, and violence: conclusions and implications. Controlling guns ; Disrupting the illegal gun market ; Drugs and guns ; Gangs and guns ; Urban structure and culture.
Series Title: Social institutions and social change.
Responsibility: Joseph F. Sheley and James D. Wright.

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"Violence committed by and against juveniles has come increasingly to define the public's image of the crime problem and the larger debate over anticrime policy. Though crime rates in most cities have been relatively stable for several years, homicide rates and gun-related assaults involving young males in those same cities have been growing rapidly. In the Line of Fire describes the most extensive study to date of the means and methods of gun-related violence among urban youth." "Focusing on the number and types of firearms juveniles possess as well as where, how, and why they acquire and carry guns, Sheley and Wright rely on data collected from male inmates in juvenile correctional facilities in four states and from male students in ten inner-city public high schools in those same states." "Their findings confirm the prevalence of firearms in these selected populations, but challenge a number of common stereotypes concerning gun possession and use by juveniles. Fear - rather than the needs of criminal activity, drug trafficking, and gang affiliation - motivates juveniles to arm themselves. The authors urge a policy aimed at reducing such motivation rather than attempting to remove guns from the hands of youth."--BOOK JACKET.

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