Doing Violence, Making Race: Southern Lynching and White Racial Group Formation1

@article{Smngs2016DoingVM,
  title={Doing Violence, Making Race: Southern Lynching and White Racial Group Formation1},
  author={Mattias Sm{\aa}ngs},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  year={2016},
  volume={121},
  pages={1329 - 1374}
}
  • Mattias Smångs
  • Published 2016
  • Geography, Medicine, Sociology
  • American Journal of Sociology
This article presents a theoretical framework of how intergroup violence may figure into the activation and maintenance of group categories, boundaries, and identities, as well as the mediating role played by organizations in such processes. The framework’s analytical advantages are demonstrated in an application to southern lynchings. Findings from event- and community-level analyses suggest that “public” lynchings, carried out by larger mobs with ceremonial violence, but not “private” ones… Expand
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