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Cultures of Violence – Lynching and Racial Killing in South Africa and the American South - Manchester Scholarship Online
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Cultures of Violence: Lynching and Racial Killing in South Africa and the American South

Ivan Evans


This book deals with the inherent violence of race relations in two important countries that remain iconic expressions of white supremacy in the twentieth century. It does not just reconstruct the era of violence, but contrasts the lynch culture of the American South to the bureaucratic culture of violence in South Africa. By contrasting mobs of rope-wielding white Southerners to the gun-toting policemen and administrators who formally defended white supremacy in South Africa, the book employs racial killing as an optic for examining the distinctive logic of the racial state in the two context ... More

Keywords: racial violence, race relations, white supremacy, South Africa, American South, white Southerners, racial killing, racial state, lynch culture, bureaucratic culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780719079047
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719079047.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ivan Evans, author