9780190902148

Citizen-Protectors The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline

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  • ISBN13:

    9780190902148

  • ISBN10:

    0190902140

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-09-01
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

From gang- and drug-related shootings to mass shootings in schools, shopping centers, and movie theatres, reports of gun crimes fill the headlines of newspapers and nightly news programs. At the same time, a different kind of headline has captured public attention: a steady surge in pro-gun sentiment among Americans. In Citizen-Protectors, Jennifer Carlson offers a compelling portrait of gun carriers, shedding light on Americans' complex relationship with guns. Delving headlong into the world of guns, Carlson participated in firearms training classes, attending pro-gun events, and carried a firearm herself. Through these experiences, she explores the role guns play in the lives of Americans who carry them and shows how, against a backdrop of economic insecurity and social instability, gun carrying becomes a means of being a good citizen. A much-needed counterpoint to the rhetorical battles over gun control, Citizen-Protectors is a captivating and revealing look at gun culture in America, and a must-read for anyone with a stake in this heated debate.

Author Biography


Jennifer Carlson is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. She is an authority on the issue of guns, and has written widely on the topic, including in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Christian Science Monitor.

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