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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Narratives as an Impetus for Collective Violence

I just finished the last revisions of my "2yr paper." What's a 2yr paper you ask? Its a paper I have to complete on the way to the completion of a PhD that mocks the fact that I already have a Masters degree...carrying on...I hope to get at least two publications out of the lynching research I've conducted over the last *coughs* years. Check out my ABSTRACT and tell me this doesn't make you want to learn more:-) 

Previous research has concluded that there were inequalities present in decisions of whether lynching would be used as a punishment for racial transgressions. The present study takes these findings a step further by questioning how lynching persisted, despite it not being a tool of social control appropriated for use by lower class white people. The portrayal of lynching in the media is analyzed as a vital source for addressing how lynching was promoted as a just and necessary method of social control reserved for racial transgressions.

While performing an ethnographic content analysis (qualitative document analysis) with 458 newspaper articles describing specific lynchings in the state of Georgia during the peak of lynching in the United States (1882-1930), six recurring characteristics emerged as inclusions intended to encourage readers to approve of the particular lynching(s) discussed in each article. These characteristics were the esteem of the crime victim, the esteem of the lynched person, the emphasis on the brutality of the alleged crime, sin-license disclaimers, black support for the lynching, and the lynched person’s confession. The inclusion of these characteristics assisted in the portrayal of lynching as a just practice by appealing to cultural fundamentals of the time. This appeal included logical and emotional arguments expected to resonate with readers. The effectiveness of these portrayals is illustrated by the levels of direct participation, or lack of intervention, and also by the refusal of those in power to outlaw lynching.

See how awesome is this? This will be coming to a peer-reviewed journal near you real soon!

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