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Furious and sadistic, the riot is nevertheless directed against a precisely specified class of targets and conducted with considerable circumspection. Horowitz scrutinizes target choices, participants and organization, the timing and supporting conditions for the violence, the nature of the events that precede the riot, the prevalence of atrocities during the violence, the location and diffusion of riots, and the aims and effects of riot behavior. He finds that the deadly ethnic riot is a highly patterned but emotional event that tends to occur during times of political uncertainty. He also discusses the crucial role of rumor in triggering riots, the surprisingly limited role of deliberate organization, and the striking lack of remorse exhibited by participants.
Horowitz writes clearly and eloquently without compromising the complexity of his subject. With impressive analytical skill, he takes up the important challenge of explaining phenomena that are at once passionate and calculative.
1. Say It with Murder
2. Ethnic Boundaries, Riot Boundaries
3. The Riot Episode
4. Selective Targeting
5. Target-Group Characteristics
6. An Economy of Antipathy: Target Selection and the Imperatives of Violence
7. Organizers and Participants
8. The Occasions for Violence
9. The Social Environment for Killing
10. Location, Diffusion, and Recurrence
11. Aims, Effects, and Functions
12. Violence and Quiescence
13. The Calculus of Passion