In this episode of the Curiosity Cake Podcast I talk to anthrpologist Dr Gavin Weston. We explore vigilantism in real life and comic books and what factors contribute to the emergence of vigilantes in the real world.
Gavin is a lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths Univeristy in London. His primary field of research is the anthropology of violence and vigilantism, although he has produced work on a variety of subjects from the Antiques Roadshow to gambling advertising.
Gavin studied Guatemalan lynchings as his PhD thesis but has an interest in vigilantism globally. He is interested in the intersections between anthropology, popular culture and violence and the relationship between state and non-state groups in the use and regulation of violence.
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If you'd like to explore Gavin's work on vigilantism in Guatemala you can buy his book Guatemalan Vigilantism and the Global (Re)Production of Collective Violence: A Tale of Two Lynchings (Routledge Studies in Anthropology) here
His latest book is called Anthropolgical Controversies (with Natalie Djohari) which explores the history of anthropology through controversies, aiming to introduce those new to anthropology to its history without glossing over the more problematic areas. You can buy it here
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