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Gun Show Nation: Gun Culture And American Democracy

2.95  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
On progressive websites and in newspaper columns Gun Show Nation has become part of a lively debate on guns and democracy in America. “Burbick gets it,” Buzzflash says, “she cuts through to the heart of the psychology of guns.”

Cultural historian, critic, and gun owner Joan Burbick examines the lethal politics of gun ownership, answering that perennial question about Americ
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Hardcover, 232 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by The New Press (first published 2006)
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Rebecca
Jan 03, 2017 Rebecca rated it liked it
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As a work of journalism informed by academic expertise, this is a good and informative book. It offers some compelling arguments about the gun as a political fetish and the role of gun shows themselves in building the current right. It also is especially useful in identifying key texts and major figures involved in the gun-rights movement. In 2016, it feels prescient. From an academic perspective, I found it lacking. It is described as an ethnography but the author's encounters with people in th ...more
James
Dec 26, 2007 James rated it it was ok
I believe in the right to self-defense, and the right to carry weapons, and on the left, I find myself very alone a lot of the time in the US. In much the same way that the government wages a war of prohibition against drugs that continues to swell our prison system but doesn't do a thing to fix violence in our society, I also believe the rush to ban guns is also a power ploy that doesn't stop violence but merely disarms people and makes them even more vulnerable to attack. Any individual or gro ...more
Jesse
Jul 29, 2009 Jesse rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2009
There has to be something wrong with a book that fails in its arguments to convince me of something I already strongly believe-- that the US's gun-culture is poisonous and grounded in racism, misogyny, and colonialism. Weirdly non-footnoted, unsupported points, straw-man arguments, and conclusions drawn from logic the book doesn't prove, this book was startlingly bad.
James
Apr 23, 2008 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I believe in the right to self-defense, and the right to carry weapons, and on the left, I find myself very alone a lot of the time in the US. In much the same way that the government wages a war of prohibition against drugs that continues to swell our prison system but doesn't do a thing to fix violence in our society, I also believe the rush to ban guns is also a power ploy that doesn't stop violence but merely disarms people and makes them even more vulnerable to attack. Any individual or gro ...more
Steven
Apr 30, 2007 Steven rated it really liked it
Nearly everyone trying to understand the surge of right wing political strength over the last twenty five years seems to be fixated on the role of religion; Burbick, for a change, focuses on that other social issue, gun control and second amendment rights. She gives a sweeping history of the last hundred years, and the tradition of white males in the US proudly arming themselves while African Americans are disarmed. She also shows the way right wing advocates appropriated and revised the discour ...more
Denise Eggleston
Jan 23, 2013 Denise Eggleston rated it did not like it
I found this book in a used bookstore. I thought it could give me a better idea about the debates the nation is facing on gun control versus gun rights. Instead, the author gives convoluted bromides on white males who somehow use guns to prevent economic and social justice.

Now, I believe that we should have a fair society, but how does one define economic and social justice? There is no attempt at defintion, just statements like, "How much easier it is to believe in the politics of the gun, and
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Anthony
Aug 22, 2016 Anthony rated it liked it
Good book, even great in some parts. I'm a little confused by the negative reviews, to be honest. There are 27 pages worth of references and notes at the end of the book. I see no need for them to be physically located at the bottom of each page. And if you're a gun advocate, then you won't agree much at all with the author's opinions and (heavily referenced) conclusions. So if you're checking out some of the other reviews, please note that some readers seem to be rating the author's political v ...more
Carina
Mar 07, 2009 Carina rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
The author presents some interesting research, but it's hard to spot a coherent thesis among it all. I did enjoy the book because I learned a lot about the history of guns and "gun rights" in America; it helped me make connections I hadn't before and better understand the mindset behind the gun rights movement and my own discomfort with gun culture. But I think it could have been written in a much more compelling way.
Jonathan
Mar 01, 2013 Jonathan rated it liked it
Well-researched but kind of unfocused. Burbick doesn't provide much of a central argument. I'm surprised tragedies like Charles Whitman's killing of 17 people from the University of Texas in 1966, The Branch Dividians in Waco, or even Columbine were not mentioned. It would have offered some great insight if she had talked to a psychologist or sociologist, too. Glad I read it, but I was expecting a little more.
Carrie
Aug 24, 2012 Carrie rated it it was ok
Interesting analysis and a few good points, but parts of it seemed very repetitive and irrelevant. Glad I read it, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it. I think it all could have been said more concisely, and there were issues I thought would be addressed that weren't.
Luisa
Jan 15, 2014 Luisa rated it it was ok
Yes it's a book about guns. I think you can't get that much Information out of it. Some parts are interesting and helpful but some...aren't that great. You could read this book but you don't have to. It's an okay book
Caitlin O'Sullivan
May 18, 2012 Caitlin O'Sullivan rated it it was ok
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Uneven and sometimes repetitive, but a few individual chapters (8, for example) are clear and thought-provoking.
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