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The Landscape of Law and Public Policy

in Language of the Gun

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780226316086
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226316079 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226316079.003.0013
The Landscape of Law and Public Policy

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This chapter maps the leading law and policy positions in the youth gun field. These include moral poverty theory, the economic model of crime, new progressive approaches, institutional legitimacy, and self-control theories as well as critical cultural approaches. The chapter explores these various positions and maps them onto the discussion of methodological approaches in order to expose the assumptions about human behavior embedded in each.

Keywords: public policy; law; youth gun studies; moral poverty theory; crime model; institutional legitimacy; human behavior

Chapter.  10572 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Criminal Law

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