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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

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Rise of the Anti-Media

In-Forming the American Concealed Weapon Carry Movement 


Brian Anse Patrick


List of Figures



            Introduction: The Impossible Takes Twenty Years                                                                                                


1    The Era of Restricted Carry            

Restricted Carry as Status Quo            1-2

Discretionary Systems            1-4

Mail Order Pistols, the Sullivan Law and the Uniform Firearms Act            1-7

Caveats and Clarifications on the Regulation of Guns             1-12

Traditional Gun Culture and Restricted Carry            1-16           

Devaluation of Concealed Weapons by Traditional Gun Culture            1-22

Race and the Revolver Habit            1-25

Concealed Carry In Progressive Detroit             1-36

An Aristotelian Political Solution            1-43


2  Energizing the New American Gun Culture 

            Magnitude of the Effect            2-1

            Local Tactics            2-4

            Gossamer Public Opinion v. Concrete Social Movement             2-11

            The Gun Control Paradox Untied            2-16

            Social Movements and Culture            2-24

            Traditional Gun Culture Before New Gun Culture            2-27

            Adversity and New Gun Culture             2-31

            Horizontal Interpretive Community v. Vertical Communication System              2-34

            Anti-Media             2-37           


3   Diffusion of Concealed Carry           

            Florida’s Discontents             3-1

            Marion Hammer and the Unified Sportsmen of Florida             3-13

            Communicating Social Action             3-21



4  Horizontal Interpretive Communities in   Action            

            Toward Apogee            4-4

            Horizontal Communications            4-10

            Horizontal v. Vertical Informational Systems in Ohio            4-18


5      Mass News Media and Concealed Carry           

            Primacy of Expert Anti-gun Sources in News            5-2

            The Meta-Story of News            5-7

            Themes of Support for Concealed Carry            5-16

            Additional Observations on News Coverage            5-18

            Anti-Media Alternatives            5-28


6   Women, Students and Other Gun Culture Converts            

            Converts             6-3

            The Known, the Unknown and the Imagined            6-7

            Reality of the Imagined            6-14

            Market or Movement?            6-18

            Guns and Salvavirgo            6-26

            Women and Concealed Carry Mobilization            6-29           

            Students for Concealed Carry            6-31

            Some Other Groups            6-52


7   Under Social Construction: The Right to Bear Arms

            Shall Issue as a De Facto Individual Right            7-3

            Exegesis of Sacred Texts            7-6

            The Mutual Exclusivity Logical Fallacy             7-10

            Creating and Marshalling Knowledge              7-15

            The Pragmatics of Social Movement             7-30

            Parallels with Civil Rights Movement             7-32


8    Anti-Media, the Concealed Carry Movement and the Original Meaning of the First Amendment 

            Interpretive Autonomy            8-3

            Overcoming Distance, Scale, Time and Economics            8-11

            Anti-Media             8-24           


9    Informational Politics 

            The Right to Interpret Meaning            9-2

            Mass Democracy’s Interpretive Priesthood             9-7

            Informational Change            9-15





Anonymous said...

Here are two Amazon reviews of professor Patrick's first book:

By Joseph Tartaro (USA)

Joseph Tartaro, President of the Second Amendement Foundation, reviewed Patrick's "National Rifle Association and the Media" in Gun Week. Says Tartaro:
"Having read many of the books which have delved into the long public debate over guns and gun regulation, I can say that Patrick's book plows really new ground, and deserves careful reading by any activist engaged in that debate. The National Rifle Association and the Media offers an original approach that is backed up by careful research and analysis....This is not just a book on the NRA: it is about the role of the media in an age of enhanced public reliance on communication media."

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
A suprising education, March 3, 2004
By Amanda Henkel (Chicago, IL USA) - See all my reviews
This is an amazingly good book. I learned of it from a review in "Women and Guns" magazine that also praised the book highly. I not only second this evaluation, but also have a few things to add:
1. This is by far the most intelligent and credible analysis of the NRA and gun culture that I have ever encountered. Professor Patrick sets out to explain NRA's seemingly miraculous political effectiveness in an environment of hostile elite and media opinion. He does this convincingly, by marshalling an impressive body of hard evidence. Unlike many quite-popular books on NRA, media and gun issues, Patrick's evidence transcends the merely anecdotal. He is a social scientist and his approach utilizes systematic media content analysis, interviews and other data that cover a ten-year period. I believe the reason that major media have not reviewed Professor Patrick's book is because they are ashamed-he presents a case to which they cannot reply except by hanging their heads in shame.
2. Although the book is erudite and employs sophisticated research methods as well, it neither talks down to readers, nor does it skate above the understanding of readers who have not received graduate training in social science. Research methods and findings are lucidly and interestingly explained. The book is both amusing and educational-and the reader learns a great deal about how social scientists quantify and measure propaganda and media coverage.
3. The main conclusion is pleasantly and surprisingly counterintuitive: NRA benefits from negative media coverage. Professor Patrick believes that if it were not for negative media coverage, which has acted as a goad to mobilization, NRA and gun culture would not be in the position of relative strength and solidarity it enjoys today. Professional women like myself would not be able to legally carry concealed weapons to protect themselves in most states.
4. The book also has much to say on the role of media in modern mass democracy. Patrick points out that mass media news professionals have become increasingly important in this mass society, an exaggerated social role that he compares to the power of the clergy in Pre-Reformation Europe. Media are the interpreters of reality, the priesthood of modern times. It is a great analogy. Then, of course, the Reformation solved the problem of the widespread abuse of this power. Patrick recommends a healthy pluralistic system of voluntary associations (interest groups) that act as alternative sources of information-and he recommends that universities start training rather than ordaining journalists, i.e. filling them (and us) with a self-serving mythos of the holy journalism and turning them loose on society.

This is a professor under whom I would like to study some day.

Five stars!

Anonymous said...

The release date scheduled for the new book is November 2009