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Author Harcourt, Bernard E., 1963-

Title Language of the gun : youth, crime, and public policy / Bernard E. Harcourt
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2006
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 278 pages) : illustrations
Contents 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 -- Sartre and the phenomenological gaze -- Lévi-Strauss and the structural map -- Bourdieu and practice theory -- Butler and the performative -- Embracing the paradigm of dirty hands -- 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
Summary The author recounts interviews with youths in an all-male correctional facility, exploring how they talk about guns and what meanings they ascribe to them in an attempt to understand some of the assumptions implicit in current handgun policies. He redraws the relationships among empirical research, law, and public policy
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-269) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Catalina Mountain School.
Firearms and crime.
Firearms ownership -- United States.
Firearms -- Social aspects.
Gun control -- United States.
Juvenile delinquents -- Arizona -- Tucson -- Attitudes.
Social sciences -- Philosophy.
Youth and violence.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2005016383
ISBN 0226316076 (electronic bk.)
9780226316079 (electronic bk.)