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Status Change Model of Interethnic Riots

School of Behavioral Sciences, Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD 57783, USA
Societies 2018, 8(4), 110;
Received: 12 September 2018 / Revised: 21 October 2018 / Accepted: 5 November 2018 / Published: 8 November 2018
The status change riot model opens up a new avenue of riot explanation. One that takes into consideration ethnic group relations and factors of group status and honor—i.e., dignity. The riot model asserts that the potential for a riot arises when new and old concepts about group statuses, and as such, ideas about appropriate intergroup behaviors, give rise to disputative intergroup interactions. The model affirms that a trigger event either by itself or in accumulation with other events drives actors to a dignity threshold that prompts them to riot. The model further relates that, once started, a riot will follow a general riot pattern that ends in either a status resolution or an increased strain in ethnic group relations. View Full-Text
Keywords: interethnic riot; status; honor; social structure; intergroup relations interethnic riot; status; honor; social structure; intergroup relations
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