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Friends, status symbols and weapons: the use of dogs by youth groups and youth gangs

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Maher, Jennifer; Pierpoint, Harriet

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Abstract Recent UK media reports and government responses evidence a rising concern over irresponsible dog ownership, particularly the use of so-called status or weapon dogs. Youth criminal and antisocial behaviour using these dogs has been widely reported in urban areas and associated with street-based youth groups, in particular, the growing phenomenon of UK youth gangs. This article reports on the findings and implications of a small-scale study, comprising interviews with 25 youths and seven animal welfare and youth practitioners, which aimed to identify the nature of animal use and abuse in youth groups and gangs. It found that over half of the youths belonged to a youth gang and the remainder a youth group, with the majority owning an animal which was most often a ‘status’ dog (e.g., bull breed/type). Analysis revealed that dogs were used mainly for socialising and companionship, protection and enhancing status. More than 20 types of animal abuse were described by youths and practitioners.
Klassifikation Kriminalsoziologie, Rechtssoziologie, Kriminologie; soziale Probleme
Freie Schlagwörter status dog; dangerous dog; animal abuse; youth groups; youth gangs
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2011
Seitenangabe S. 405-420
Zeitschriftentitel Crime, Law and Social Change, 55 (2011) 5
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10611-011-9294-5
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)
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