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Increased Gun Violence Among Young Males in Sweden : a Descriptive National Survey and International Comparison

Author:
  • Joakim Sturup
  • Amir Rostami
  • Hernan Mondani
  • Manne Gerell
  • Jerzy Sarnecki
  • Christofer Edling
Publishing year: 2019
Language: English
Pages: 365-378
Publication/Series: European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research
Volume: 25
Issue: 4
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Springer

Abstract english

This population-based time-trend study examines gun violence rates among males in Sweden during the years 1996 to 2015 and compares the rate in Sweden to other Western European countries. Data were collected from six registries and are presented descriptively per 100,000 inhabitants. The risks among males in Sweden increased considerably in both lethal and non-lethal gun victimization and perpetration. Among males aged 15 to 29 there was a five-fold increase in risk for victimization in lethal and non-lethal gun violence during the 20-year observation period. In a comparative perspective the rate of gun homicide victimization among males 15 to 29 years was higher in Sweden compared to other Western European countries, while the risk for males over age 30 was at an average level. Based on the results of this study we conclude that gun violence among young males in Sweden has been on the rise and is at a high level compared to other Western European countries. The development of gun violence in Sweden can be characterized as endemic, prevalent in both population and socially vulnerable areas.

Keywords

  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
  • Law and Society
  • Attempted homicide
  • Firearms
  • Guns
  • Homicide
  • Hospitalization

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Published
  • ISSN: 0928-1371
Christofer Edling
E-mail: christofer [dot] edling [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se

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Background

I earned my PhD from Stockholm University in 1999. Between 2002 and 2005 I was Torgny Segerstedt Pro Futura Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study at Uppsala University. I received my Docent-title in 2003, and was appointed Associate Professor at Stockholm University in 2004. From 2006 to 2008 I was Head of the Department of Sociology at Stockholm university. Before coming to Lund in 2012 I served as Full Professor of Sociology at Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany. I have been a fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2004/05) and Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (2013).

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