Guatemalan Vigilantism and the Global(Re)Production of Collective Violence: A Tale of Two Lynchings

Weston, Gavin. 2019. Guatemalan Vigilantism and the Global(Re)Production of Collective Violence: A Tale of Two Lynchings. London: Routledge. ISBN 9780367784218 [Book]

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This book grounds an understanding of lynching as an increasingly globalised phenomenon through an examination of two cases in Guatemala.

The chapters cover the issues of migration, tourism, gangs, intergenerational 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 the 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 the 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.

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anthropology, Guatemala, vigilantism, violence, lynchings, gossip, media

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11 September 2019

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26 Jun 2019 09:51

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09 Mar 2021 16:21


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