This research project aims to explore the micro-culture surrounding big game and trophy hunting as a sport within the United States. A review of scholarly literature and theoretical frameworks provide me with a foundation to begin my study. Through interviews with former hunters and content analysis of hunting outfitters’ websites, I was able to detect and analyze relevant themes that present themselves within this culture. I found that “nature and conservation,” “money and social class,” “hunting as a sport,” “rugged individualism,” and “masculinity and gender” were the most prevalent concepts surrounding big game and trophy hunting culture in the United States and provide readers with an investigation of these themes.
Sociology and Anthropology
Vermilyea, Emilie, "Man vs Wild: An Anthropological Examination of Big Game Hunting Culture within the United States" (2015). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 6812.
Social and Cultural Anthropology
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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