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Mortal Stakes: Hunters and Hunting in Contemporary America

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Each autumn, millions of men and increasing numbers of women don camouflage or blaze orange outfits and go afield in 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 nonhunters. Indeed, hunting — and those who hunt — have become targets of a vocal and growing array of critics.<P>In Mortal Stakes, Jan E. Dizard examines the place of hunting in contemporary America. Drawing on detailed interviews with hunters as well as opinion surveys and demographic statistics, he analyzes the meanings these men and women attach to hunting and situates this traditional activity in its current setting. He looks at who hunts, how they compare socially and politically with nonhunters, and how they see themselves and are seen by others.<P>With fewer and fewer Americans closely linked to the land, hunting seems less ordinary and less necessary. As the gulf between hunters and nonhunters widens, 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.

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Based upon personal interviews conducted with hunters, this text analyzes the place hunting occupies in American society today. Participants in the study revealed why they are drawn to hunting and what changes they experience when picking up a weapon to kill an animal. The results of a survey conducted by the National Opinion Research Center comparing the attitudes and behavior of hunters and nonhunters are included in the appendix. The author of several books on sociological topics, Dizard (affiliation not cited) is an avid hunter. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [219]-222) and index.

Table of Contents

Prologue — From villains to heroes, to villains? — Who hunts? — A living past — Hunting for sport — Killing game — Bad apples and human frailty — The fate of hunting — Appendix: A comparison of the attitudes and behavior of hunters and nonhunters.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781558493841
Author:
Dizard, Jan E.
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Location:
Amherst
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Hunting
Subject:
Animal Rights
Subject:
Hunting - General
Subject:
Hunting -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Subject:
Environmental Studies-General
Series Volume:
number 1
Publication Date:
20030131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9.16x6.00x.69 in. .80 lbs.

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