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

Jennifer Carlson


For the past several decades, the United States has witnessed a profound transformation in what Americans do with the guns they own. While hunting used to dominate American gun culture, now the top reason for owning a gun is protection, and today, there are over eleven million concealed carry licensees. Why are millions of Americans—disproportionately American men—choosing to carry guns as part of their everyday lives? And what are the effects of gun carry on contemporary notions of citizenship, governance, and crime? This book examines these questions. Focusing on southeastern Michigan, parti ... More

Keywords: gun politics, gun culture, law and society, sociology, criminology, sociology of gender/masculinity, policing, National Rifle Association, self-defense, American decline

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199347551
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199347551.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Carlson, author
University of Toronto, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology