Vigilantism cannot be curbed without addressing the vigilante culture that sustains it. Countering vigilante culture requires us to grasp how it is put in place over long periods by creation of signs that motivate communities of believers and vigilantes to act, and to produce an alternative repertoire of signs.
Author: Balmurli Natrajan
Balmurli Natrajan teaches anthropology in the USA and India. He works on caste, culture, community, and issues of development in central India.