Citation

A Gun is a Key to Anything You Wanna Do: Juvenile Offenders Frame their Worlds

Abstract | Word Stems | Keywords | Association | Citation | Similar Titles



Abstract:

Why do juvenile offenders acquire and use guns? What meanings do guns and gun use have for these young men? I propose that guns, as multivalent objects, serve many purposes for male juvenile offenders and accordingly satisfy many of their short-term needs. Twenty-five males incarcerated in New Jersey juvenile facilities participated in an interview-based study between December 2010 and June 2011. Participants were selected on the basis of their offense histories, the selection criteria intended to focus the study on those with adjudications for gun offenses. Juveniles used guns for protection, as instrumentalities of crime either to acquire money or engage in street-fighting, to acquire or maintain respect, to avoid fights, to feel safe and secure, to support a particular masculine identity, for fun and socialization, and as consumer items to acquire, collect, and admire. Guns were often positioned as the fulcrum between vulnerability and agency, converting feelings of powerlessness into feelings of power. The results confirm that guns play an important role in the lives of many juvenile offenders, fulfilling many of their perceived needs and wants. The implication of these findings is that demand for guns among young offenders is likely to remain strong unless and until structural changes occur at many levels to obviate the factors that push and pull young men to the streets.

Most Common Document Word Stems:

gun (134), like (60), quinto (41), feel (39), said (34), particip (33), one (32), boy (32), could (31), young (30), robberi (30), erni (27), street (26), felt (25), money (24), need (22), drug (22), describ (22), use (20), get (19), violenc (18),
Convention
All Academic Convention is the premier solution for your association's abstract management solutions needs.
Submission - Custom fields, multiple submission types, tracks, audio visual, multiple upload formats, automatic conversion to pdf.Review - Peer Review, Bulk reviewer assignment, bulk emails, ranking, z-score statistics, and multiple worksheets!
Reports - Many standard and custom reports generated while you wait. Print programs with participant indexes, event grids, and more!Scheduling - Flexible and convenient grid scheduling within rooms and buildings. Conflict checking and advanced filtering.
Communication - Bulk email tools to help your administrators send reminders and responses. Use form letters, a message center, and much more!Management - Search tools, duplicate people management, editing tools, submission transfers, many tools to manage a variety of conference management headaches!
Click here for more information.

Association:
Name: American Sociological Association Annual Meeting
URL:
http://www.asanet.org


Citation:
URL: http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p722025_index.html
Direct Link:
HTML Code:

MLA Citation:

Marano, Diane. "A Gun is a Key to Anything You Wanna Do: Juvenile Offenders Frame their Worlds" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, Aug 15, 2014 <Not Available>. 2016-06-09 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p722025_index.html>

APA Citation:

Marano, D. , 2014-08-15 "A Gun is a Key to Anything You Wanna Do: Juvenile Offenders Frame their Worlds" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Online <PDF>. 2016-06-09 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p722025_index.html

Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Why do juvenile offenders acquire and use guns? What meanings do guns and gun use have for these young men? I propose that guns, as multivalent objects, serve many purposes for male juvenile offenders and accordingly satisfy many of their short-term needs. Twenty-five males incarcerated in New Jersey juvenile facilities participated in an interview-based study between December 2010 and June 2011. Participants were selected on the basis of their offense histories, the selection criteria intended to focus the study on those with adjudications for gun offenses. Juveniles used guns for protection, as instrumentalities of crime either to acquire money or engage in street-fighting, to acquire or maintain respect, to avoid fights, to feel safe and secure, to support a particular masculine identity, for fun and socialization, and as consumer items to acquire, collect, and admire. Guns were often positioned as the fulcrum between vulnerability and agency, converting feelings of powerlessness into feelings of power. The results confirm that guns play an important role in the lives of many juvenile offenders, fulfilling many of their perceived needs and wants. The implication of these findings is that demand for guns among young offenders is likely to remain strong unless and until structural changes occur at many levels to obviate the factors that push and pull young men to the streets.


Similar Titles:
Need for Achievement, Need for Power, Self Efficacy and University Student Political Participation in Jakarta Indonesia (Poster)

Youth and Violence in Brazil: Exploring Youth’s Narratives about Street Violence Related to Drug and Social Order in Brazil’s Most Violent City

Personal Need for Structure and Sociopolitical Activism: Individual Personality Variables as Predictive of Non-Normative Sociopolitical Participation


 
All Academic, Inc. is your premier source for research and conference management. Visit our website, www.allacademic.com, to see how we can help you today.