Getting to the point? Reframing narratives on knife crime

Harding, Simon (2020) Getting to the point? Reframing narratives on knife crime. Youth Justice. ISSN 1473-2254

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Knife-enabled crime has emerged as the most significant national debate on UK youth crime for several years with public debates mostly exploring offenders’ motivations which then center on commonly recognised tropes of protection, safety, ubiquity and normativity. Recent academic research continues to widen these motivational debates acknowledging perceptional insecurity, (Traynor 2016), engagement in deviant lifestyles (Harcourt 2006), and lack of trust in police (Brennan 2018) as key variables. Building upon these perspectives this article seeks to re-frame the dominant narrative by examining how knife-carrying and knife-enabled crime is also a signifier of street ‘authenticity’ and thus for some, an agentic route to advancement within the social field of the street gang.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1177/1473225419893781
Additional Information: Under SAGE's Green Open Access policy, the Accepted Version of the article may be posted in the author's institutional repository and reuse is restricted to non-commercial and no derivative uses.
Keywords: Gangs; knives; street capital; habitus; bourdieu
Subjects: Law and criminal justice > Criminal justice > Criminology
Social sciences > Sociology of deviance
Depositing User: Simon Harding
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2020 19:12
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 16:02


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