Gun Show Nation: Gun Culture and American Democracy
Gun Show Nation explores how and why guns have entered our national politics. To understand gun culture in the United States, Burbick traveled to gun shows, gun stores, and gun rights meetings, including the annual conventions of the National Rifle Association. Based on these experiences, confidential interviews, and historical research, this nonfiction book charts how our attachment to guns has affected our democracy and why we need to confront the way of the gun.
"A brilliant and insightful reading of gun culture," Richard Slotkin
"An indispensable ethnographic guide to America's obsession with guns," Saul Cornell
Check out "Gun Show Nation--a conversation with Joan Burbick" in Washington State Magazine, Washington State University, Summer 2013.
Rodeo Queens and the American Dream
traveled the backroads of the West, talking with "rodeo queens," the
women who promote and perform in the elaborate pageantry of the rodeo.
She interviewed dozens of queens in their living rooms, kitchens,
barns, bars, and ranches. They took her down the rodeo road from tiny
Western towns to the show-biz glitter of Las Vegas. These women retold
the national myth of the West, cracking open the heroic male world of
rodeo. Their life stories reveal dramatic changes in the rodeo and the
West from the 1930s to the present, including the loss or ranch lands,
the fierce conflicts over gender and race, and the intense
commercialization of the rodeo.
"These women with epic hats, epic hair, and epic eye shadow tell epic stories." Sherman Alexie
"[Burbick shows] the glitter and the glamour of the rodeo subculture
and, at the same time, some of its deepest contradictions. --Los Angeles Times
"In the testosterone-tossed world of rode, Burbick serves up a delectable slice of Americana." --Atlanta Journal-Constitution