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Shooting for freedom: what guns teach us about US political culture

McLean, Dylan (2017) Shooting for freedom: what guns teach us about US political culture. Democratic Audit UK (04 Jan 2017). Website.

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The right to bear arms is a fundamental tenet of freedom for many Americans. But it is often met with incomprehension in the UK and Europe. Dylan McLean unpicks the origins of America’s gun culture, tracing it back to the militia in Tudor society, and explains how firearms are associated with personal freedom and the power of an individual to resist the elite. In turn, aspects of US politics – for example, the lack of a successful social democratic party – mark out the country’s individualistic culture.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2017 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
E History America > E151 United States (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Sets: Collections > Democratic Audit Blog
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2017 09:48
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2021 23:22

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