Vigilantism and the State in Modern Latin America: Essays on Extralegal Violence


This book is the first major analysis of the vigilantism that accompanies the economic, political, and social disintegration occurring in many Latin American countries. The essays examine the most prominent forms of vigilantism, including mob lynchings, assassinations by self-appointed or privately employed "enforcers," citizen uprisings against the police, the work of the notorious death squads, and extra-legal violence by on-duty police. The authors show the relationship between vigilantism and authoritarian governments whose inegalitarian practices and economic dependence on foreign powers perpetuate a cycle of poverty, repression, and violence.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • José De Souza Martins
  • Maria-victoria Benevides
  • Rosa-maria Fischer Ferreira
  • Laura Kalmanowiecki
  • Heloísa Rodrigues Fernandes
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1991


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