A Marxist analysis of American gun culture

Kieran James, Jodi McKenzie

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Abstract

This study was carried out in order to gain insights into the attitudes
and opinions of American citizens regarding gun culture in their country. In
particular, the research aimed to identify what they perceived to be the main
causes and influences upon gun culture; and what they believed were possible
solutions to the gun culture. A survey was distributed to American citizens on
the gun culture topic and it was completed by 57 respondents. The survey
results show a variety of opinions with those of gun owners and non-gun
owners contrasting. The gun owners’ attitudes were in line with the beliefs and
political views of the National Rifle Association; whereas the non-gun owners
favoured more gun control laws to be passed in the future. The Marxist
perspectives of Alienation Theory and Conflict Theory help us to understand
better the American gun culture within the context of American capitalist
society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)491-518
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Journal of Critical Accounting
Volume10
Issue number6
Early online date4 Mar 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2019

Keywords

  • Alienation
  • Capitalism
  • Conflict Theory
  • Gun culture
  • Marxism
  • Strain Theory

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