Guns have never before been as important in American culture as they are at this moment. Most contemporary conversations on guns focus on either the gun as a tool used in mass killings or a right to be fiercely defended, with most debates deadlocking on the ultimate role of humans in causing gun violence-that, as the cliche goes, <"Guns don't kill people; people kill people.> " And yet for all this attention, too much of the discussions on gun violence and
gun control take the gun as passive object, ignoring the changing effects, and the very agency, that guns may deploy as politicized objects.
The Lives of Guns offers a new and compelling way of thinking about the role of the gun in our social and political lives. In gathering ideas from science studies, law, sociology, and politics, each chapter turns the stale, standard gun conversations around by investigating the gun as a technology and thus as an object with its own power and agency. In approaching guns from a tech perspective, down to the very science of how they are created and how they fire, The Lives of
Guns takes up a number of questions, such as: How does the presence of these specific objects shape civic ideology? What does it mean to develop and care for gun and gun accessories technology? What do guns mean to those who build them versus those who fight for-and against-them? What could happen when drone technology
meets gun technology? In bringing together a great breadth of perspectives from leading lawyers, political scientists, and historians, The Lives of Guns promises to move the gun debate forward by opening up new ways of thinking about these issues, ultimately broadening our conception of what counts as an issue in these debates.
Jonathan Obert is Assistant Professor of Politics at Amherst College. Andrew Poe is Assistant Professor of Political Theory at Amherst College. Austin Sarat is Associate Dean of the Faculty and William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College and Hugo L. Black Visiting Senior Scholar at the University of Alabama School of Law. He is the author or editor of more than 90 books
An IntroductionJonathan Obert, Andrew Poe, Austin SaratSection I: The Political Life of GunsChapter I: Mobile Sovereigns: Agency Panic and Gun Ownership> "Elizabeth AnkerChapter II: Andrew PoeChapter III: Timothy LukeSection II: The Social Life of GunsChapter IV: Heather HayesChapter V: Joanna BourkeChapter VI: Franklin ZimringSection II: The Private Life of GunsChapter VII: David YanameChapter VIII: Harel ShapiraIndex