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Despite the fact that a robust culture centered on the legal ownership and use of guns by law‐abiding gun owners exists in the United States, there is no sociology of U.S. gun culture. Rather, the social scientific study of guns is dominated by criminological and epidemiological studies of gun violence. As a corrective to this oversight, I outline what a sociology of U.S. gun culture should look like. In the first section, I give a brief history of U.S. gun culture from the founding era through the 1960s. Guns began as tools of necessity in the colonies and on the frontier, but evolved into equipment for sport hunting and shooting, as well as desired commodities for collecting. The second section examines these recreational pursuits which formed the core of U.S. gun culture for most of the 20th century. Although recreation remains an important segment, the central emphasis of U.S. gun culture has gradually shifted to armed self‐defense over the course of the past half‐century. The third section examines the rise of this culture of armed citizenship, what I call “Gun Culture 2.0,” the current iteration of the country's historic gun culture. I conclude by suggesting important avenues for future research.
subject
gun culture
sociology
contributor
Yamane, D. (author)
date
2020-03-09T13:59:33Z (accessioned)
2020-03-09T13:59:33Z (available)
6/16/17 (issued)
identifier
David Yamane (2017), “The Sociology of U.S. Gun Culture,” Sociology Compass 11:7 (July):1-10. (citation)
https://doi.org/DOI: 10.1111/soc4.12497 (doi)
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/96032 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wiley
rights
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ (uri)
source
Sociology Compass
title
The sociology of U.S. gun culture

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