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NCJ Number: 228176 Find in a Library
Title: That's Life Innit: A British Perspective on Guns, Crime and Social Order
Journal: Criminology and Criminal Justice  Volume:9  Issue:3  Dated:August 2009  Pages:359-377
Author(s): Simon Hallsworth; Daniel Silverstone
Date Published: August 2009
Page Count: 19
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the burgeoning gun violence in the United Kingdom.
Abstract: Findings suggest that to understand contemporary gun users, it is necessary to consider the world of the violent career criminal and the violent street-based world of violent young men. The article argues that the terms ‘gun-culture’ and ‘gang-culture’ are of limited use in understanding gun use and gun users, and that the more profitable line of inquiry is in a cultural analysis of the violent life worlds of gun users, namely the culture of violent career criminals, and the less understood culture of the more volatile street-based culture termed ‘on-road’. Data were collected in a number of research projects including interviews with gun users, police officers, examination of documents on the history and socio-economic conditions of high crime areas, and secondary analysis of police data. Research indicates that career criminals use firearms sparingly and instrumentally. Conversely, the more frequent violent gun crime is a product of the culture known as ‘on-road’, consisting of young men from excluded backgrounds who are committed to illegal activities. In this culture, fatal disputes are often social rather than criminal. Notes and references
Main Term(s): Gun Violence; United Kingdom (UK)
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; Foreign crime statistics; Foreign criminal justice systems; Foreign laws; Foreign police; Gangs; Gun Control; Handguns; Juvenile gun ownership; Socioculture; Street crimes; Weapon carrying
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