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Good Guys with GunsThe Appeal and Consequences of Concealed Carry$
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Angela Stroud

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627892

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627892.001.0001

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Men and Guns

Men and Guns

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Good Guys with Guns

Angela Stroud

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter is an in-depth analysis of how men and masculinity shape gun carry discourses, and it utilizes masculinity theories, including the importance of manhood acts and the cultural production of hegemonic masculinity via media. The construction of guns as men’s things is analysed, including the ways that men talk about guns in their childhoods and their socialization into shooting through participation in masculine institutions. Their explanations for wanting CHLs are analysed, and becoming fathers and husbands and aging are identified as important life experiences that compel some men to want to carry a gun in public. Bodies signify toughness and vulnerability, and as men age, some feel that their abilities to fight and convey invulnerability are diminished. The chapter ends with an analysis of victim discourse.

Keywords:   Masculinity, Hegemonic Masculinity, Manhood Acts, Fathers as Protectors, The Body, Victim Discourse

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