- Hardcover: 756 pages
- Publisher: ABC-CLIO (March 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1576072681
- ISBN-13: 978-1576072684
- Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7.4 x 2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,801,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Guns In American Society: An Encyclopedia, Two Vol. Set
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Carter, professor of sociology at Columbia University and author of several books, including The Gun Control Movement (Twayne, 1997), has pulled together a fine group of 82 contributors for this title on the legal and social aspects of guns in America. The set represents an attempt to bring together research on all sides of an often murky and divisive issue. Designed for "researchers, teachers, students, public officials, law-enforcement personnel, journalists, and members of the general public," its purpose is to help the reader "become educated enough on any particular aspect of the gun issue to make an informed decision."
Entries cover a variety of information and present a wide spectrum of opinions. Biographical entries treat legal scholars on the Second Amendment, political leaders, and prominent social activists from all sides. Court cases that featured Second Amendment interpretations are described and feature summations of the pertinent issues. Historical articles, such as Boomtowns, cowtowns, and gun violence and Vigilantism, give a social context to the interaction between American culture and guns. Other articles focus on various gun makes, bullet types, and recent events, such as the Waco, Texas, raid and Columbine High School tragedy, that have driven discussion of gun policy.
Appendixes cover federal laws that have had an impact on the Second Amendment, state gun law, and organizations participating in pro-gun-control and pro-gun-rights activities. Brief entry-specific bibliographies and an extensive selected bibliography will facilitate further research for advanced students or interested citizens. A welcome resource on a topic that will continue to be debated for many years to come, this set is recommended for academic and public libraries.
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"[A]n excellent starting point for researchers unfamiliar with historical gun terminology . . . many relevant organizations and interest groups, and in this regard the encyclopedia is hard to beat . . . should serve as the standard reference on many aspects of guns, gun ownership, and gun control in the United States." - Library Journal
"Authored by scholars and professionals in the field, Guns in American Society offers a serious and even-handed approach to this complex issue . . . This two-volume set will have broad appeal, not only because of the enduring relevance of the topic, but because of the quality of the treatment provided." - Against the Grain
"[T]he resource for anyone wishing to explore all aspects of this issue . . . This work is a fair, balanced assessment of the issue. Recommended. All libraries." - Choice
"How guns and violence became part of the fabric of American society is traced through several perspectives in this clearly written, comprehensive resource." - School Library Journal
"A welcome resource on a topic that will continue to be debated for many years to come, this set is recommended for academic and public libraries.' " - Booklist
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Carter's book is THE resource for anyone wishing to explore all aspect of this issue. Each article ends with see also references and suggestions for further reading. A roster of contributors gives their qualifications and lists the entries they wrote. The book explores the historical, social, legal, and political aspects of the gun issue in the US, including personalities of the gun culture. Explanations of legal cases are particularly helpful, and there are entries on the gun laws of Finland, Japan, Mexico, Russia, and the UK.
Carter (sociology, Bryant College) has written or edited nine books, including The Gun Control Movement (CH, Feb'98). This work is a fair, balanced assessment of the issue. Both volumes are indexed; the general index that concludes volume 2 prints page numbers in bold face to denote main entries. Appendixes list organizations and cover key laws and state constitutional provisions. Summing Up: Recommended. All libraries. D. M Buckley,[Reference Librarian], University of Dayton