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Land, God, and Guns: Settler Colonialism and Masculinity  in the American Heartland
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Land, God, and Guns: Settler Colonialism and Masculinity in the American Heartland (Paperback)

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This book is an antidote to the forms

of American nationalism, masculinity, exceptionalism, and self-anointed prowess

that are currently being flexed on the global stage.

Through a fascinating combination of ethnographic research

across seven US states and the application of postcolonial, anti-racist,

feminist and poststructuralist theories, Land, God, and Guns reveals

how time-honoured rites of passage associated with taken-for-granted notions of

manhood in the American Heartland are constitutive of a constellation of

colonial worldviews, capitalist logics, gender essentialisms, ethnocentric

religious beliefs, jingoistic populism, racial animus, and embodied violence. A constellation that, within the US, upholds a heteropatriarchal

and racist ordering of life that both privileges and ultimately damages its

main proliferators - white settler men.

This is a detailed work that at once unravels rural white

settler masculinity and the US state at their roots, whilst demonstrating why

any analysis of the cultural production and social practice of masculinity in

the United States must take into account the country's historical trajectories

of imperialism, land dispossession, nation-state building, enslavement,

extractive accumulation and valorisation of masculinist assertions of


Born and raised in rural Kansas, Levi Gahman currently works in the Power, Space, and Cultural Change unit at the University of Liverpool's Department of Geography and remains a researcher with the University of the West Indies' Institute for Gender and Development Studies. His areas of focus include anti-racist and anti-colonial praxis, critical development studies, gender justice, and autonomous social movements. Along the way, he has spent time as a sawmill laborer, farmhand, warehouse worker, substance abuse counselor, trauma therapist, disability services associate, human rights observer, and solidarity brigade member. Levi is also editor of the journal ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies.

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