In the Line of Fire: Youths, Guns, and Violence in Urban America (Google eBook)

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Transaction Publishers - Social Science - 180 pages
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Drawing upon their research in the most extensive study to date, the authors here describe the means and methods of gun-related violence among urban youth. Using data collected from juvenile male inmates and male students in inner-city high schools, Sheley and Wright focus on the number, type, and method of acquisition of firearms, as well as the varying reasons given for carrying arms.

The book concludes by challenging some stereotypes, and urging a policy aimed at reducing the motivation for gun possession by youth, rather than simply attempting to remove guns from their hands.

  

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Contents

GUNS AND VIOLENCE AS AN URBAN PROBLEM
1
Youth Violence in Streets and Schools
4
Weapons in the Hands of Kids
6
Guns Drugs and Gangs
8
Research Issues
9
The Present Study
11
Notes
12
ASKING DIRECTLY THE 1991 YOUTH GUN SURVEY
13
Drug Use and Gun Activity
78
Drug Distribution and Gun Activity
83
Drugs Predation and Gun Activity
86
Multivariate Considerations
89
Summary
90
Notes
93
YOUTH GANGS AND GUNS
95
Conceptual Issues and Measurement
97

Research Sites
14
Respondent Representativeness
15
Methodological Issues
23
Respondent Sociodemographic Characteristics
26
Sociocriminal Profiles
27
Notes
35
GUNS IN THE HANDS OF KIDS
39
Numbers and Types of Guns
40
Owning versus Carrying Guns
42
Choosing a Handgun
44
Where and How Juveniles Obtain Guns
46
Dealing Guns
50
Multivariate Considerations
51
Summary
53
GUN POSSESSION CRIME STATUS OR PROTECTION
57
Gun Dealing Gun Possession and Crime
63
Guns as Status Symbols
64
Guns as Protection
67
Multivariate Considerations
69
Summary
71
Notes
72
YOUTH DRUGS AND GUNS
75
Drugs and Guns in the Present Samples
77
Gangs and Guns
99
Individual Gang Members and Guns
100
Gang Members and Gun Dealing
103
Multivariate Considerations
113
Summary
115
Notes
117
RELATED THEMES FOR RESEARCH
119
WeaponRelated Victimization
126
Guns in the Suburbs
135
Conclusions
142
Notes
143
KIDS GUNS AND VIOLENCE CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS
147
Controlling Guns
148
Disrupting the Illegal Gun Market
153
Drugs and Guns
154
Gangs and Guns
156
Urban Structure and Culture
157
Notes
162
REFERENCES
163
AUTHOR INDEX
174
SUBJECT INDEX
178
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