Tough Americans

Abigail A. Kohn

in Shooters

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780195150513
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199944095 | DOI:
Tough Americans

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This chapter examines the role of toughness in gun culture in the U.S. Americans have long prided themselves on their toughness. Tough men in American history and characters of fiction and film all invoke images of an American character that included strength and determination. This chapter suggests that it is not surprising that guns should be linked to these values, as guns have long been associated with all of those characteristics in American history and its contemporary mythic rendering.

Keywords: toughness; gun culture; U.S.; American character; strength; determination; guns; American history

Chapter.  12276 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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