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Cultures of ViolenceLynching and Racial Killing in South Africa and the American South$
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Ivan Evans

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719079047

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719079047.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Cultures of Violence

Ivan Evans

Manchester University Press

This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of how South Africa and the United States of America, two countries with notorious histories of racial violence, attempted to formally deal with their violent pasts at roughly the same time. It then notes that, to date, no major comparative work has considered interpersonal violence as a distinctive component of the broad field of ‘racial repression’. By focusing on unofficial violence in the early stages of segregation in both countries, this study hopes to stimulate questions about a neglected phenomenon that tells us much about the development of distinctive forms and ‘styles’ of white supremacy.

Keywords:   South Africa, United States, racial violence, extra-legal violence, interpersonal violence, segregation, white supremacy

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