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Author Abrahams, R. G.

Title Vigilant citizens : vigilantism and the state / Ray Abrahams.

Published Malden, Mass. : Polity Press, 1998.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  364.134 ABRA    AVAILABLE
Physical description pages cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Vigilantes -- 2. On the Frontiers of the State -- 3. Early San Francisco and Montana -- 4. Vigilante Politics -- 5. The British Scene -- 6. Death Squads -- 7. Vigilantism and Gender -- 8. Limits of the Law.
Summary The book explores the 'frontier' conditions in which vigilantism emerges as a solution, full of ambiguities, to problems of perceived disorder which official instruments of law and order do not handle to the vigilante's satisfaction. Contemporary and historical case material from Africa, North and South America, the Philippines, Europe and Britain is examined within an analytic and comparative framework, as are the often fuzzy boundaries between vigilantism and other forms of 'informal sector' activity, such as state death squads, mafia and banditry. This book will be of value to undergraduates and graduates in anthropology, political sociology, criminology and history.
Subject Vigilance committees.
Death squads.
State, The.
ISBN 0745616372