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Women and Guns : Politics and the Culture of Firearms in America.

By: Homsher, Deborah.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Florence : Taylor and Francis, 2015Copyright date: ©2002Description: 1 online resource (350 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781315698137.Subject(s): Firearms and crime -- United States -- Public opinion | Gun control -- United States -- Public opinion | Public opinion -- United States | Violent crimes -- United States -- Public opinion | Women -- United States -- AttitudesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Women and Guns: Politics and the Culture of Firearms in AmericaDDC classification: 363.33 LOC classification: HV7436 -- .H65 2015Online resources: Click here to view book
Contents:
Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Chapter 1. Meeting -- Chapter 2. American Stories -- Chapter 3. Fields Near Home -- Chapter 4. Self-Defense, Part I: Combat by Story and Statistics -- Chapter 5. Self-Defense, Part II: Looking for the Bad Guys -- Chapter 6. Gun Games and Homegrown Rebellion -- Chapter 7. In the Cities, on the Edge -- Chapter 8. Conclusion -- Author's Note to Appendix -- Appendix: Primary Source Documents -- Index -- About the Author.
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Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Chapter 1. Meeting -- Chapter 2. American Stories -- Chapter 3. Fields Near Home -- Chapter 4. Self-Defense, Part I: Combat by Story and Statistics -- Chapter 5. Self-Defense, Part II: Looking for the Bad Guys -- Chapter 6. Gun Games and Homegrown Rebellion -- Chapter 7. In the Cities, on the Edge -- Chapter 8. Conclusion -- Author's Note to Appendix -- Appendix: Primary Source Documents -- Index -- About the Author.

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Library Journal Review

"This book," declares Homsher (From Blood to Verdict: Three Women on Trial), "is about American women in the 1990's, their experiences with guns, and their responses to the national public debates about guns and violence." Through interviews with average citizens, gun and anti-gun activists, and such well-known women as former Texas governor Ann Richards, and Tanya Metaksa, spokesperson for the NRA, the author provides a full picture of guns in women's lives. Anecdotes and discussions cover hunting, target shooting, militias, domestic violence, gun accidents, children and guns, and murder. Homsher touches on the interplay of national and local politics as well as "masculine organizations and their feminine constituents." Many of the wide-ranging viewpoints are interesting and will be unfamiliar. This work complements Mary Zeiss Stange and Carol K. Oyster's Gun Women: Firearms and Feminism in Contemporary America (New York Univ. Pr., 2000), which examines the relationship of gun-owning women to their weapons and the politics of women and guns. Homsher's book will be of interest to specialized researchers in women's studies and criminal justice policy. [For another look at this topic, see Encyclopedia of Women and Crime, LJ 11/15/00.DEd.]DMary Jane Brustman, SUNY at Albany Libs. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

The debate over guns and gun violence has permeated every facet of American social and political life. With the exception, however, of high-profile women such as National Rifle Association (NRA) spokeswoman Tanya Metaksa or the coverage given to singular events like the recent Million Mom March, women have not taken center stage in the debates. Homsher addresses that national oversight. By concentrating her study on "average" women on both sides of the gun control controversy and on high-profile public figures, Homsher offers a nuanced, if not always balanced, account of guns in women's lives. In fact, the book's greatest strength--recording women's stories in their own voices--may be its most telling weakness. Until the very last chapter, Homsher's sympathies seem to lie squarely with the women active in gun clubs, NRA chapters, and even local militia groups. Pro-gun-control views are reported less empathetically or perhaps simply less colorfully, and it comes as a surprise in t he conclusion when Homsher situates herself on the liberal end of the political spectrum. In spite of this shortcoming, the book is a worthy addition to academic library collections. E. Broidy University of California, Los Angeles

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