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- DescriptionEach Autumn, millions of men and increasing numbers of women don camouflage or blaze orange outfits and go afield in the pursuit of game. For much of American history, there was need to explain why they did this. Hunting was simply ather aspect of the annual cycle of planting, breeding and harvesting. But modern hunting began separating from its agrarian roots well over a century ago, and although it has retained its connection to the metaphor of the harvest, the self-perceptions and motives of hunters today are longer transparent, especially to n-hunters. Indeed, hunting - and those who hunt - have become targets of a vocal and growing array of critics. In this examination of the place of hunting in contemporary America, the author draws on detailed interviews with hunters as well as opinion surveys and demographic statistics to analyze the meanings that these men and women attach to hunting. He looks at who hunts, how they compare socially and politically with n-hunters, and how they see themselves and are seen by others. As the gulf widens between hunters and nhunters worldwide, some hunters have begun to think of themselves as a mirity group which, like other mirities, suffers from prejudice and stereotyping. As a result, Dizard argues, hunting is fast becoming one more front in an expanding culture war over what it means to be an American.
- Author BiographyJan E. Dizard is Charles Hamilton Houston Professor of American Culture at Amherst College.
- Author(s)Jan E. Dizard
- PublisherUniversity of Massachusetts Press
- Date of Publication31/01/2003
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationMassachusetts
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Massachusetts Press
- Weight363 g
- Width152 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine18 mm
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