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Drawing on evidence from both sides of the Atlantic, Simon Harding explores the culture of the status dog in Unleashed. In housing projects in the United States and United Kingdom, certain dog breeds convey statusa€”authority, respect, power, and controla€”on their owners, while urban street gangs have developed the dangerous practice of training dogs to be weapons. Combining perspectives from sociology, criminology, and public policy, Harding contextualizes these related phenomena and considers the complex mix of factors motivating them, including urban deprivation, social control of public space, and the influence of media imagery.the pitbull still has a negative image in the US and is heavily associated with gang violence and dog fighting. ... felons working with pitbulls under the direction of a renowned pitbull trainer and dog rescue centre owner, Tia MariaTorres.

Author:Simon Harding
Publisher:Policy Press - 2014-02-01


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