September 6, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 184 Pages
ISBN 9780367191252 - CAT# K417430
Series: Routledge Studies in Anthropology
This book grounds an understanding of lynching as an increasingly globalized phenomenon through an examination of two cases in Guatemala.
The chapters cover issues of migration, tourism, gangs, inter-generational conflict, media, gossip and rumour to understand national and global patterns of mob-based vigilantism and how diverse factors are funnelled into singular acts of violence. Gavin Weston critically engages with discussion of Guatemalan lynchings as a form of post-conflict violence alongside other less direct chains of causation. Lynchings have complex, tiered causations based in contestations regarding ideas and provision of justice. Underlying social problems and similarities in the way lynchings spread through talk and media make them relatively anticipatable in certain contexts and suggest possible spaces for mitigation against their viral spread.
This volume will be relevant to Latin Americanists and those interested in the anthropology and sociology of violence, post-conflict violence and Peace Studies.
Chapter 1 – Introduction: Two lynchings – a microcosm
Chapter 2 – Todos Santos
Chapter 3 – A Postwar Phenomenon?
Chapter 4 – Vigilantism, Dissonance & the Guatemalan State
Chapter 5 – Scapegoats, Gossip & Rumour
Chapter 6 – Dissemination: Vigilantism & the Media
Chapter 7 – The Blurred Boundaries of Violence
Chapter 8 – Concluding thoughts/lingering problems