Guatemalan Vigilantism and the Global (Re)Production of Collective Violence: A Tale of Two Lynchings, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Guatemalan Vigilantism and the Global (Re)Production of Collective Violence

A Tale of Two Lynchings, 1st Edition

By Gavin Weston


184 pages

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Hardback: 9780367191252
pub: 2019-09-06
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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

Gavin Weston is Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.

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Routledge Studies in Anthropology

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General