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Robert J. Chaskin and Jona M. Rosenfeld

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314083

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314083.001.0001

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From Fieldwork to Facts to Firearms Control: Research and Advocacy Toward Stricter Firearms Control Legislation in South Africa

From Fieldwork to Facts to Firearms Control: Research and Advocacy Toward Stricter Firearms Control Legislation in South Africa

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(p.37) 3 From Fieldwork to Facts to Firearms Control: Research and Advocacy Toward Stricter Firearms Control Legislation in South Africa
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Maylene Shung King

Paula Proudlock

Lori Michelson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314083.003.0003

Firearms were found to be a major cause of injury and death among children in the 5- to 18-year-old age group and the leading cause of death in young men in their late teens in South Africa. In the 1990s, the high incidence of firearm deaths and injuries spurred government policy and law reform, culminating in a new Firearms Control Act, which replaced the ineffective and outdated Arms and Ammunition Act. This chapter considers the role research played in this complex process by examining the activities and impact of a research and advocacy project undertaken by an academic policy research organization called the Child Health Policy Institute (CHPI) at the University of Cape Town. The chapter describes the political context within which the project was initiated; outlines the research findings and how they were disseminated and utilized in relation to the law reform process; describes the law reform process and broader advocacy strategy related to it; and reflects on lessons learned.

Keywords:   Child Health Policy Institute, reform, firearms law, Firearms Control Act, policy research, law reform

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