Unleashed: the phenomenon of status dogs and weapon dogs


Harding, S. 2014. Unleashed: the phenomenon of status dogs and weapon dogs. Bristol The Policy Press.
TitleUnleashed: the phenomenon of status dogs and weapon dogs
AuthorsHarding, S.

This is the first reprint of my 2012 book Unleashed. This time the book is in paperback with a new chapter.
This is the first book in the UK or the US to set on record the recent cultural phenomenon of the use of certain dog breeds – both legal and illegal – to ‘convey status’ to their owners. Such dogs are easily visible on social housing estates and provide acquired authority, respect, power and control. However, they are increasingly linked to urban street gangs as ‘weapon dogs’ and present a danger to the general public. Local and statutory authorities are now seeking to address the issue through action plans and interventions. Written in a fresh, engaging and accessible style, this unique book contextualises the phenomenon in terms of sociology, criminology and public policy. It makes essential reading for academics and policy makers in criminology and criminal justice and those working with animal rights/animal welfare groups.

PublisherThe Policy Press
Place of publicationBristol
Publication dates
Print28 Feb 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited20 Mar 2015
Output statusPublished
Web address (URL)https://policy.bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/unleashed
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