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Monday, April 10, 2006

Podcast: "Language of the Gun: A Semiotic for Law & Social Science."

Using interviews conducted at the Catalina Mountain
School, a juvenile prison for boys aged 12 to 17, Professor
Bernhard Harcourt (Chicago) explored the "symbolic
dimensions of guns and gun carrying among male youths"
in "Language of the Gun: A Semiotic for Law &
Social Science," this year's Chicago's Best Ideas Talk,
held on April 5, 2006. In his lecture (based on his recent
book, Language of the Gun: Youth, Crime, and Public
Policy), Harcourt "analyzes the particular language the
teens use to talk about guns and the associations their words
have, and what the implications are for public policy."

The lecture is available as a podcast from the University of
Chicago Law School Faculty Blog (4/1/2006).