Open Fire : Understanding Global Gun Cultures.
- 1st ed.
- London : Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2006.
- Criminal Practice Ser.
Criminal Practice Ser.
1 online resource (240 pages)
- Firearms -- Social aspects -- Cross-cultural studies.
Firearms in popular culture -- Cross-cultural studies.
- Electronic books.
- Guns are everywhere: three quarters of a billion guns - from pistols to machine guns - exist in the world today. And guns are everything: a hard-won symbol of individual freedom, an index of crime and disorder, a whole industry legitimately contributing to an economy, a popular piece of sports equipment, and an object of desire, endlessly duplicated by toys, video games and films. Open Fire presents a broad analysis of the social, cultural and political significance of firearms and the worlds they create. Illustrated with a wide range of case material - from North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa - Open Fire explores and questions this global icon of our times. Why do guns proliferate? What does it mean to shoot or to be shot? Who owns guns and who does not? How is a firearm, a manufactured thing, very different from any other object? Is there such a thing as a "gun psychology"? How are firearms regarded in places where they are largely non-existent? Is a gun a different thing when held by a white man?.
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1 The Social Life of Guns: An Introduction
Part I Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun
2 Gunscapes: Toward a Global Geography of the Firearm
3 Gun Politics: Reflections on Brazil's Failed Gun Ban Referendum in the Rio de Janeiro Context
4 Of Guns, Children, and the Maelstrom: Determining Purposive Action in Israeli-perpetrated Firearm Deaths of Palestinian Children and Minors
5 Silent but Still Deadly: Guns and the Peace Process in Northern Ireland
6 Warriors and Guns: The Anthropology of Cattle Rustling in Northeastern Africa
Part II Locked and Loaded
7 Arming Desire: The Sexual Force of Guns in the United States
8 Drawing a Virtual Gun
9 "Gun Rights Are Civil Rights": Racism and the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in the United States
10 "Man to Man": Power and Male Relationships in the Gunplay Film
Part III Playing, Dancing, and Thinking with Guns
11 Aiming for Manhood: The Transformation of Guns into Objects of American Masculinity
12 "I Shot the Sheriff": Gun Talk in Jamaican Popular Music
13 Playing at Hate: War Games, the Aryan World Congress, and the American Psyche
14 The Celebration of Violence: A Live-fire Demonstration Carried Out by Japan's Contemporary Military
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- Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
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- Print version: Springwood, Charles Open Fire
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