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ShootersMyths and Realities of America's Gun Cultures$
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Abigail A. Kohn

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195150513

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150513.001.0001

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Introduction: Guns in America

Introduction: Guns in America

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(p.3) 1 Introduction: Guns in America
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Shooters
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Abigail A. Kohn

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150513.003.0010

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the myths and realities of gun culture in the U.S. This volume features interviews with three different types of shooters, including the general enthusiasts, shooters involved in cowboy action shooting, and the so-called Generation X shooters. It uses ethnography to study gun enthusiasm and suggests that the gun debate in the U.S. not only has cultural concerns but also cultural conflicts. It argues that we can only begin to have a constructive conversation about the role of guns in contemporary society by directly asking what gun ownership really means to gun enthusiasts and by recognizing and exploring the attraction that so many Americans have to guns.

Keywords:   gun culture, U.S., shooters, gun debate, gun enthusiasm, cultural conflicts, gun ownership

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