The sociology of U.S. gun culture

  title={The sociology of U.S. gun culture},
  author={David Yamane},
  journal={Sociology Compass},
  • David Yamane
  • Published 16 June 2017
  • Sociology
  • Sociology Compass
Despite the fact that a robust culture centered on the legal ownership and use of guns by law-abiding gun owners exists in the United States, there is no sociology of U.S. gun culture. Rather, the social scientific study of guns is dominated by criminological and epidemiological studies of gun violence. As a corrective to this oversight, I outline what a sociology of U.S. gun culture should look like. In the first section, I give a brief history of U.S. gun culture from the founding era through… 
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