Juvenile Offenders and Guns explores how and why twenty-five incarcerated young men of color acquired and used guns, and how guns made them feel. Guns have multiple meanings and serve many purposes for these youth as they attempt to construct a capable masculinity in their worlds, growing up in homes where money is often scarce and fathers absent.
Diane Marano served as an assistant prosecutor in Camden, New Jersey, for twenty-five years, supervising the juvenile unit for over two decades. She earned her PhD in Childhood Studies from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in Camden, USA, and has taught Juvenile Justice, Juvenile Law, and Urban Education there.
1. Introduction: Making Meaning from Guns
2. Consuming Violence, Constructing Masculinity
3. Consuming Guns: Pathways to Gun Acquisition
4. Producing Violence: "You Gotta Have a 'Don't Care' Attitude"
5. Consumed by Violence Negative Outcomes, Uncertain Outlooks
6. Conclusion: "A Gun is a Key to Anything You Wanna Do"
"This volume offers useful and original contributions. . . That this research purposively narrows its focus on young men and their varied relationships to guns is timely, revealing, and intriguing." - Laurie Schaffner, Associate Professor, Sociology Department, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA