Isaiah Berlin described The Hedgehog and The Fox as two contrasting intellectual styles. According to Berlin, “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” In my education, I always admired the sociological hedgehogs, like Robert Bellah, with whom I studied at UC-Berkeley and about whom I have written previously.
But in looking at my own academic career, I have to admit to being an intellectual fox, chasing around any number of different projects, including those documented on this site: multiculturalism in higher education, religious experience, the Catholic priesthood, religious lobbying in state legislatures, religion and sport, and rituals of initiation in Catholicism.
Even now I have turned my attention to another project, on yet another topic: Gun Culture 2.0. According to Michael Bane, the formerly dominant Gun Culture 1.0 — based in hunting, military, and law enforcement — has given way to a new group of individuals (including an increasing number of women) who have gotten into shooting through concealed carry/self-defense and the shoot sports. Is there indeed a new gun culture in America? If so, what does it look like?
If you are a STUDENT, I would love to talk to you about getting involved in my ongoing research.