The Tragic Role of American Culture and Society in Mass ShootingsEdited by Eric Madfis and Adam Lankford
What elements of contemporary American life contribute to the United States having the greatest number and highest share of public mass shootings around the globe? The editors and contributors to All-American Massacre seek to answer this question by exploring how masculinity, racism, politics, media, fame, education, gun culture, and mental health influence the causes of mass shootings in the United States.
With a specific focus on exploring how American culture, institutions, and social structures influence the circumstances, frequency, and severity of mass shootings in the United States, All-American Massacre advances emerging theoretical perspectives and forges fresh approaches, new research questions, and innovative data and conclusions.
Bringing together pioneering scholars, this groundbreaking compilation of research and analysis identifies the social roots of this insidious threat and prompts new reflections on how we can stop the seemingly endless cycle of horror and death. All-American Massacre helps clarify the unique nature and salience of mass shootings in American life.
Contributors: Melanie Brazzell, Tristan Bridges, Ryan Broll, F. Chris Curran, Sarah E. Daly, Salvatore D’Angelo, James Densley, Tom Diaz, Scott Duxbury, Benjamin W. Fisher, Betsy Friauf, Emma E. Fridel, Celene Fuller, Daniel Gascón, Patrick J. Gauding, Brooke Miller Gialopsos, Simon Gottschalk, Donald P. Haider-Markel, Stephanie Howells, Cheryl Lero Jonson, Mark R. Joslyn, Jessie Klein, Aaron Kupchik, Alison J. Marganski, Melissa M. Moon, Kristen J. Neville, Jaimee Nix, Daniel Okamura, Patrick F. Parnaby, Jillian Peterson, Michael Phillips, Paul Reeping, Jason R. Silva, William A. Stadler, Lindsay Steenberg, Tara Leigh Tober, Jillian J. Turanovic, Abigail Vegter, Stanislav Vysotsky, Lacey N. Wallace and the editors
"A useful work of scholarship in documenting American lethality."
“All-American Massacre is an invaluable exploration of the culture and institutions that underlie America’s gun violence epidemic. Mass shootings in our country are like an earthquake, causing death and injury at the epicenter with dramatic ripples reverberating outwards. This public health crisis affects children’s learning in school, changes communities forever, and steals peace of mind from Americans across the country in places where we shop, worship, work, and relax. This book is a sober but deeply worthwhile read.”
—Sarah Burd-Sharps, Senior Director of Research, Everytown for Gun Safety
“A novel and vital contribution, the editors and contributors to All-American Massacre provide a critical examination of the influence of American culture on the prevalence of mass murder in the United States. This timely and necessary book is an essential reference for violence scholars and policy makers, and offers the most comprehensive, explanatory text on the study of mass murder in American society to date.”
—Taimi Castle, Director of the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence