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Gunslinging justiceThe American culture of gun violence in Westerns and the law$
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Justin A. Joyce

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526126160

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526126160.001.0001

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Old dogs and new tricks: race and justifiable homicide in neoliberalism’s Western imagination

Old dogs and new tricks: race and justifiable homicide in neoliberalism’s Western imagination

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(p.196) 7 Old dogs and new tricks: race and justifiable homicide in neoliberalism’s Western imagination
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Gunslinging justice
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Justin A. Joyce

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526126160.003.0008

This concluding chapter examines the relationship between the increasing codification of aggressive “Stand Your Ground” laws since 2005 and the continued relevance of the Western as a popular genre. This final chapter presents a reading of two contemporary Westerns, the television series Justified (2010-15) and Quentin Tarrantino's film, Django Unchained (2012), arguing that the film epitomizes the challenge of gun possession and self-defense within a neoliberal state.

Keywords:   “stand your ground”, Western films and television, Gun possession, Neoliberalism, Corporeality, Gun violence, Seld-defense, Race, Gender

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