Monday, October 29, 2018

"Gunslinging Justice"

New from Manchester University Press: Gunslinging Justice: The American culture of gun violence in Westerns and the law by Justin Joyce.

About the book, from the publisher:

This book is a cultural history of the interplay between the Western genre and American gun rights and legal paradigms. From muskets in the hands of landed gentry opposing tyrannical government to hidden pistols kept to ward off potential attackers, the historical development of entwined legal and cultural discourses has sanctified the use of gun violence by private citizens and specified the conditions under which such violence may be legally justified. Gunslinging justice explores how the Western genre has imagined new justifications for gun violence which American law seems ever-eager to adopt.
--Marshal Zeringue