SOSS – Who Riots and Why: The Influence of Gender and Peaceful Protest on Riot Involvement

Date/Time: Tue 23 May / 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location: Room N502, 5th Floor, Building 11

This Seminar is Jointly hosted by Criminology and Sociology

Presented by Professor Lisa Broidy

Why do individuals join riots and why is rioting so much more common among men compared to women? The social movements literature largely overlooks these questions, focusing on the macro-level dynamics that fuel collective violence. However, understanding who joins riots and why has both theoretical and practical import. We address these questions using data collected during the Civil Rights Era in the U.S.—a 1968 survey of 2,809 blacks across fifteen cities that experienced high levels of racial insurgency. Using a General Strain Theory framework, we find evidence that the likelihood of riot participation and its gendered character are linked to experiences of discrimination (particularly at the hands of the police), related frustrations, and to involvement in nonviolent protest activity. The findings and theoretical insights have relevance for the contemporary landscape around rioting in the U.S. and internationally and implications for relate d policy and intervention.

Lisa Broidy, Ph.D. is a Professor of Sociology and Criminology and the University of New Mexico and Adjunct Professor at Griffith Criminology Institute. Broadly, her scholarship focuses on the etiology of crime with a particular focus on the influence of gender, life course transitions, institutional contact, and strains (including victimization and trauma). Her research has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals including Criminology, Social Forces, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Homicide Studies and Justice Quarterly.

RSVP to by Friday 19 May 2017 .

For further information, please contact
Helen Forbes-Mewett



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