In this week’s Light Over Heat video I discuss diversity in American gun culture, both the diversity of different gun subcultures that exist today beyond the self-defense-oriented Gun Culture 2.0 and diversity within Gun Culture 2.0.
This diversity sets the stage for some speculation about possible futures for American gun culture: (1) post-Bruen growth and consolidation of Gun Culture 2.0; (2) diversity within Gun Culture 2.0 and across gun culture generally leads to a situation where “the center cannot hold” and gun culture fragments with no main center of gravity going forward; and (3) a Gun Culture 3.0 centered on Second Amendment politics.
This latter idea is one that was floated, prematurely in my view, by Claire Boine and her colleagues in their article, “What is gun culture? Cultural variations and trends across the United States.”
Other documentation for this video:
My 2017 article “The Sociology of US Gun Culture”: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/soc4.12497/full
My 2022 article “Gun Culture 2.0: The Evolution and Contours of Defensive Gun Ownership in America”: FORTHCOMING
On “Queers with Guns”: https://guncurious.wordpress.com/2021/06/23/queers-with-guns-against-the-lgbt-grain/
On feminist traditions of armed self-defense: https://guncurious.wordpress.com/2022/07/03/the-womans-gun-pamphlet-a-primer-on-handguns-1975/
On the sacralization of the Second Amendment: https://guncurious.wordpress.com/2020/02/07/the-national-rifle-associations-sacralization-of-the-second-amendment/
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