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What guns mean: the symbolic lives of firearms

dc.contributor.authorMetzl, Jonathan M.
dc.identifier.citationMetzl, J.M. What guns mean: the symbolic lives of firearms. Palgrave Commun 5, 35 (2019).
dc.description.abstracthis article presents an overview of the symbolic tensions underlying representations of firearms and gun-related violence. The essay frames central questions that deserve further interrogation: what larger social and political contexts surround guns? How do narrations of gun rights or gun trauma map onto larger scripts about matters such as identity, bias, racism, or nationalism? What meanings do guns accrue for people and communities when these guns are not shooting bullets or causing mortal wounds? The paper lays out disciplinary terrain required to address these questions, calling on expertize from the social sciences, humanities, and arts.en_US
dc.publisherPalgrave Communicationsen_US
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