The Lynching of the Impious: Violence, Politics, and Religion in Mexico (1930s-1960s)
This paper traces the weight of religion in the organization and legitimation of lynching and other expressions of collective violence, such as riots and vigilante killings, in twentieth-century Mexico. In particular, it seeks to address the two following questions: What makes these forms of collective violence religious? What is the entanglement between politics, power, and religion and why does it matter in order to understand how religious violence unfolds?
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