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Perspectives on Firearm Violence, and Their Impact on Youth Identity in the Greater Toronto Area, from the Outlook of Youth Outreach Workers

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Title: Perspectives on Firearm Violence, and Their Impact on Youth Identity in the Greater Toronto Area, from the Outlook of Youth Outreach Workers
Author: Contant, Mitchell
Department: Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Program: Public Issues Anthropology
Advisor: Renee, Sylvain
Abstract: How do perceptions of firearm violence influence the formation of at-risk youth identities in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) from the Youth Outreach Workers (YOW) perspective? This thesis research examines how perceptions of firearm violence have influenced the formation of youth (15-20 years of age) identities in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Recent literature has called attention to the firearm situation in the United States, reflecting the country’s public rhetoric on firearm issues. Relative to Canadian literature, there has been little time spent on recognizing younger generational perspectives. Academics mention the vulnerability of these populations to violent offending (O’Grady 2014, 51), and even community engagement initiatives to firearm violence (Ezeonu 2008). Since youth’s views are under-acknowledged in literature, my research intends to fill this gap. My research answered three questions: Firstly, how do youth perceive the significance of firearm violence in the GTA? Secondly, how will a youth perspective help with policy discussions of firearm violence in the GTA? Finally, how are the intersectional dynamics of gender, race, and class included in youth perspectives on firearm violence?
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10214/21367
Date: 2020-11-04
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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