Adolescent Research Review

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 255–257 | Cite as

Diane Marano: Juvenile Offenders and Guns: Voices Behind Gun Violence

New York, NY: Palgrave, 2015, 210 pp, ISBN: 978-1-137-52013-5
  • Parker Knight
Book Review

It is often difficult for the general public to imagine adolescents taking part in gun violence. When it does occur, people generally are unsure what to think or jump to conclusions. In Juvenile Offenders and Guns: Voices Behind Gun Violence, Diane Marano explores the reasons as to why and how male adolescents—particularly youth of color—acquire guns. To successfully gather data, Marano interviewed 25 individuals who had been convicted of at least one gun related offense before the age of 18, all being male as males take part in violent activity far more than females and are socially viewed as more violent. While there are many reasons as to why young male adolescents of color may feel the need to acquire guns, the overarching argument Marano introduced is the concept of masculinity among minority youth. Through her research, readers are able to understand why some minority youth are much more prone to falling victim to committing crime and see why minority males are...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indiana University BloomingtonBloomingtonUSA

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