A Marxist analysis of American gun culture

Kieran James, Jodi McKenzie

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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.

LanguageEnglish
Number of pages29
JournalInternational Journal of Critical Accounting
Volume10
Issue number6
Early online date4 Mar 2019
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StateE-pub ahead of print - 4 Mar 2019

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Keywords

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

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