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Experiences of Violent Victimisation and Attitudes to Knife Crime: Young black urban males’ experiences of victimisation and a comparison of two group’s attitudes towards knife crime

By Sally Swift


The full text of this dissertation is available only to University of Leicester members. Please log in with your CFS username and password when prompted.The study explored the experiences of violent street victimisation for young, black, urban males. Attitudes towards knife crime were explored with this group and also with a comparison group, young, white, rural males. A mixed- methodological analysis was adopted and interviews and questionnaires were administered. Ten black, urban, males and ten white, rural, males, all aged between 16-24 years, participated in the study. All participants completed a questionnaire about knife crime and subsequently five (black urban males) of the participants were interviewed about their experiences of violent victimisation. Phenomenological analysis of interview data revealed three main themes: Effects on Behaviour; Environment/Community; and Gang Behaviour/Code of the Street. The results of the questionnaire highlight the disparity between the attitude towards knife crime of urban and rural males. The overall findings highlight the continued need for the empowerment of vulnerable victims in society and a deeper understanding of the experiences of young black males living in our society.University of Leiceste

Year: 2009
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