Group Displays and Lynch Mobs

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According to Lorenz why do we do ritulaised displays of aggression?
To try and make the other believe they would lose the fight if they actually fought
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What did Albon 1979?
In the context of ritualised displays, the threat of violence can be a very successful strategy in completion for resources
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Name 2 examples of group displays:
Cold war (Russia and USA could destroy each other if they wanted but didn’t) and Haka (NZ rugby team)
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Marsh 2005 supported Lorenz’s view that much aggression is ritualised displays. How?
By studying football supporters, they were able to show that although rival supporters taunt each other outside the football ground, they are careful not to let chants or slogans descend into violence
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What did Turner 1959 say?
Suggested instead that social factors are responsible for group displays of aggression.
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Sherif et al 1961 robbers cave study clearly shows group displays of aggression in boys. What is an issue with this?
How do we know whether they were the result of social factors or innate mechanisms?
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What is a lynch mob?
Collection of people who intend to take and kill a person with no fear of legal action.
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What does the Sociological Power Threat Hypothesis state?
As minorities grow the majorities sees them as a threat and blame them for bad events.
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What did Clarke et al find?
It was found that although the main victims of lynch mobs were Afro-Brazilian people, they did not pose any kind of threat to the majority group and had very little political power.
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What does this show?
Lynch mobs may not form due to fear of the minority group and could render the hypothesis as being inconclusive
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What does the Self-Attention Theory state?
The bigger the mob, the more extreme action taken.
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What did Leader 2007 do/find?
Analysed newspaper reports and photographic records of lynching events and supported the Self-Attention Theory-
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What did Hovland and Sears 1940 state?
The most lynching’s in America occurred when cotton prices were lowest. Maybe farmers took their anger out on them by conducting lynching’s
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