Mortal Stakes: Hunters and Hunting in Contemporary America

Mortal Stakes: Hunters and Hunting in Contemporary America

By: Jan E. Dizard (author)Paperback

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Each 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 no need to explain why they did this. Hunting was simply another 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 no longer transparent, especially to non-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 non-hunters, and how they see themselves and are seen by others. As the gulf widens between hunters and nonhunters worldwide, some hunters have begun to think of themselves as a minority group which, like other minorities, 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.

About Author

Jan E. Dizard is Charles Hamilton Houston Professor of American Culture at Amherst College.

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  • ISBN13: 9781558493841
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9781558493841
  • ISBN10: 1558493840

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