Masculinities and Violence, the latest volume in the Research on Men and Masculinities series, takes a sobering look at men and violence. Editor Lee H. Bowker has carefully chosen essays that shed light on the causes and settings of masculine violence. The three essays in Part I lay out the ways in which men learn violence and repeat it. Part II focuses on the ways men victimize women and children. Part III turns to ways men victimize other men. Finally, Part IV looks at men and organizational violence. Understanding the masculinities-violence nexus is crucially important to finding ways to mitigate the masculine tendency to violence. This perceptive volume will be an important resource for all those interested in the field of gender roles, men's studies, and interpersonal violence.

Men Victimizing Men: The Case of Lynching, 1865–1900

Men Victimizing Men: The Case of Lynching, 1865–1900

Men victimizing men: The case of lynching, 1865–1900

In the 1924 edition of Criminology, Edwin Sutherland (pp. 239–249) devoted 10 pages to the crime of lynching (the unlawful assault and/or killing of an accused person by mob action). Sutherland (p. 239) was concerned especially with the fact that lynching, although occasionally employed during slavery, became a systematic event in the South between 1865 and 1900. Sutherland (pp. 242–243) offered two insightful and significant reasons for instantaneous white-mob violence. The first, and to Sutherland (p. 242) the “underlying” reason, is “race prejudice or a feeling of white superiority.” In particular, when African Americans were “emancipated” from their subordinate slave position, “great antagonism” by whites took the form of lynching (p. ...

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