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From Deviant Subculture to Mainstream: The Pit Bull Pariah


This concrete carving located in a dog park in Las Vegas was created during the initial rise of the pit bull as a deviant symbol. The "breed" is the first to be legislated due to its affiliation with gangs and dog fighting, a history that is crystallized in this decades old carving. Today, the pit bull has become a mainstream cultural icon, but the dog and those who own them continue to combat social ridicule and breed specific legislation. Consequently, they are a stigmatized subculture that must negotiate and manage their identity in ways other dogs and their owners do not.