The New Politics of Gun Carry

Citizen-Protectors examines the increasing popularity of guns as self-defense tools among Americans, especially but not exclusively among white conservative men, since the 1960s. Millions of Americans now hold licenses to carry guns concealed – more than at any previous point in history.  Focusing on gun carriers of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and questioning the simplistic categories popularly used to stereotype gun carriers, this book analyzes how gun politicsCarlson - Shooting are not just products of particular social contexts but that guns, and the practices associated with them, reshape social life.

Articles from this project has won paper awards from the Sex & Gender Section of the American Sociological Association and the Division on Critical Criminology of the American Society of Criminology.


Carlson, Jennifer. 2015. Citizen-Protectors: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of DeclineNew York, NY: Oxford University Press.


Popular Press:

“What’s behind growing gun rights support in the US?” in BBC News, published on December 16, 2014.

“The Gun Debate Misses the Mark in Detroit” in the Detroit News, published on January 9, 2014.

“Cop kills California boy toting toy rifle; a gun-anxious nation pauses” in Christian Science Monitor, published on October 25, 2013.

“U.S. gun homicides, the gap between perception and reality” in CBC News on September 18, 2013.

“Why America isn’t the only country that wants guns for self-defense” in Christian Science Monitor on March 11, 2013.206638_754690023366_5235383_n

“Gun Control: Future Hangs on Misunderstood Majority of Gun Owners” in Christian Science Monitor on February 17, 2013.

“The Politics of US Gun Control: Q&A with Jennifer Dawn Carlson in U of T News on January 22, 2o13.

“The NRA’s Hidden Power” in the Los Angeles Times on January 3, 2013.

“NRA’s path of least resistance” in the San Francisco Chronicle on December 26, 2012.

Academic Writing:

Carlson, Jennifer. 2015. “Mourning Mayberry: Guns, Masculinity and Socioeconomic Decline.” Gender & Society: In press.

Carlson, Jennifer. 2015. “Carrying Guns, Contesting Gender.” Contexts: In press.

Carlson, Jennifer. 2014. “States, Subjects and Sovereign Power: Lessons from Global Gun Cultures.” Theoretical Criminology 18(3): 335 – 353.

Carlson, Jennifer. 2014. “From Gun Politics to Self-Defense Politics: A Feminist Critique of the Gun Control/Gun Rights Debate.”Violence Against Women: 20(3): 369 – 377.

Uzi copyCarlson, Jennifer. 2014. “The Equalizer? Guns, Vulnerability Politics and the Misrecognition of Domestic Violence.” Feminist Criminology 9(1): 59 – 83.

Carlson, Jennifer. 2012. “‘I Don’t Dial 911!’ American Gun Politics and the Problem of Policing.” British Journal of Criminology 52(6): 1113 – 1132.

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