14. Bullets, Blades and Mean Streets: Youth Violence and Criminal Justice Failure

  1. Christine Barter and
  2. David Berridge
  1. Peter Squires1 and
  2. Carlie Goldsmith2

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470976586.ch14

Children Behaving Badly?: Peer Violence between Children and Young People

Children Behaving Badly?: Peer Violence between Children and Young People

How to Cite

Squires, P. and Goldsmith, C. (2010) Bullets, Blades and Mean Streets: Youth Violence and Criminal Justice Failure, in Children Behaving Badly?: Peer Violence between Children and Young People (eds C. Barter and D. Berridge), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470976586.ch14

Editor Information

  1. School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Brighton, UK

  2. 2

    University of Kingston, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 17 DEC 2010

Book Series:

  1. The Nspcc/Wiley Series in Protecting Children

Book Series Editors:

  1. Christopher Cloke4,
  2. Jan Horwath5 and
  3. Peter Sidebotham6

Series Editor Information

  1. 4

    NSPCC, 42 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3NX, UK

  2. 5

    Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TU, UK

  3. 6

    Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470694404

Online ISBN: 9780470976586

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Keywords:

  • responding to peer violence - bullets, blades and mean streets, youth violence and criminal justice failure;
  • willingness of disadvantaged young people - carrying weapons, victimising peers;
  • ‘contemporary crisis’ of youth violence - in the British context;
  • exploring the meanings - that this violence is said to invoke;
  • Respect in the Neighbourhood, articles - on civility, community development and social capital;
  • from bullets to blades, young people and knives - 2008 preoccupation with knife crime;
  • percentage indices of weapon-possession offences - police in England and Wales 1999–2005;
  • violent intent, human tragedy and danger - violent youth offending, attention centres and tangible human tragedies;
  • gun crime, alien and ‘un-British’ form of violence - guns, seeming to be the problem;
  • contexts for violence and policy failure

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Decivilising Contexts

  • From Bullets to Blades?

  • Violent Intent, Human Tragedy and Danger

  • The Weaponisation of Youth Violence?

  • Contexts for Violence and Policy Failure

  • Conclusion

  • Lessons for Policy and Practice

  • References