Individualism and collectivism in America: The case of gun ownership and attitudes toward gun control
Using data from the 1972-1998 General Social Survey – a national survey of households – the authors examined whether the widespread gun ownership in the United States and prevailing positive attitudes toward gun control represent competing cultural traditions of individualism and collectivism, respectively. They found that these cultural values did explain some gun ownership and predict attitudes toward gun permits; being more individualistic than collectivistic increased the odds of opposing gun permits.
Celinska, K. (2007). Individualism and collectivism in America: The case of gun ownership and attitudes toward gun control. Sociological Perspectives, 50(2), 229-247.
Celinska, K. "Individualism and Collectivism in America: The Case of Gun Ownership and Attitudes toward Gun Control." Sociological Perspectives 50.2 (2007): 229-47.