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Show Time: The Logic and Power of Violent Display

Lee Ann Fujii and Martha Finnemore


This book asks why some perpetrators of political violence, from lynch mobs to genocidal killers, display their acts of violence so publicly and extravagantly. Closely examining three horrific and extreme episodes — the murder of a prominent Tutsi family amidst the genocide in Rwanda, the execution of Muslim men in a Serb-controlled village in Bosnia during the Balkan Wars, and the lynching of a twenty-two-year old Black farmhand on Maryland's Eastern Shore in 1933 — the shows how “violent displays” are staged to not merely to kill those perceived to be enemies or threats, but also to affect a ... More

Keywords: political violence, murder, genocide, Rwanda, Bosnia, Balkan Wars, lynching, execution, violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501758546
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501758546.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lee Ann Fujii, author

Martha Finnemore, editor
George Washington University

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1 Fixations

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2 Rehearsal

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3 Main Attraction

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4 Intermission

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5 Sideshow

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6 Encore

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7 Fictions

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Elisabeth Jean Wood

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