Global Lynching and Collective Violence

Global Lynching and Collective Violence : Volume 1: Asia, Africa, and the Middle East

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Often considered peculiarly American, lynching in fact takes place around the world. In the first book of a two-volume study, Michael J. Pfeifer collects essays that look at lynching and related forms of collective violence in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Understanding lynching as a transnational phenomenon rooted in political and cultural flux, the writers probe important issues from Indonesia--where a long history of public violence now twines with the Internet--to South Africa, with its notorious history of necklacing. Other scholars examine lynching in medieval Nepal, the epidemic of summary executions in late Qing-era China, the merging of state-sponsored and local collective violence during the Nanking Massacre, and the ways public anger and lynching in India relate to identity, autonomy, and territory. Contributors: Laurens Bakker, Shaiel Ben-Ephraim, Nandana Dutta, Weiting Guo, Or Honig, Frank Jacob, Michael J. Pfeifer, Yogesh Raj, and Nicholas Rush Smith.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252040805
  • 9780252040801

About Michael J. Pfeifer

Michael J. Pfeifer is an associate professor of history at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. He is the author of Rough Justice: Lynching and American Society, 1874-1947 and The Roots of Rough Justice, and editor of Lynching beyond Dixie: American Mob Violence outside the South.
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"Michael Pfeifer's collection of essays on extralegal violence in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East is an important contribution to our understanding of lynching. The essays cover an impressive geographic range and a multitude of time periods. Readers with an interest in the often violent history of state formation as well as the past and present politics of identity, ethnicity, class, and gender will find this volume very rewarding."--William D. Carrigan, author of The Making of a Lynching Culture: Violence and Vigilantism in Central Texas, 1836-1916 "This collection makes a significant contribution to the global study of lynching, mob violence, and vigilantism. The book provides historical depth, theoretical perspective and covers a wide chronological and geographical range. It will be of great benefit to all students of collective violence."--Manfred Berg, author of Popular Justice: A History of Lynching in America
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Table of contents

Acknowledgments vi Introduction 1 Michael J. Pfeifer Lynching, Public Violence, and the Internet in Indonesia Laurens Bakker A Different Kind of War: Summary Execution and the Politics of Men of Force in Late-Qing China, 1864-1911 Weiting Guo Banzai! And the Others Die-Collective Violence in the Rape of Nanking 78 Frank Jacob Making Sense of Lynching in Medieval Nepal 103 Yogesh Raj Public Anger, Violence, and the Legacy of Decolonization in India 126 Nandana Dutta New Situations Demand Old Magic: Necklacing in South Africa, Past and Present 156 Nicholas Rush Smith 7 Sitting on the Volcano: Mob Violence and Lynching in the Zionist-Palestinian Conflict 185 Shaiel Ben-Ephraim and Or Honig Contributors 223 Index 227
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