Title

Riot Contagion in Latin America, 1949-1963

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1981

Publication Title

Journal of Conflict Resolution

Abstract

This article investigates the possibility of a contagion effect in each of fourteen Latin American republics from 1949 through 1963. Using a data set drawn from the Hispanic American Report, riot frequencies are compared with the Poisson and contagious Poisson distributions. The authors find evidence of contagion in six countries, and suggest that contagion as a concept encompasses a variety of behavioral processes. In addition, the authors attempt to reconcile contagion studies with more traditional studies of political violence.

Original Citation

Rodger M. Govea, Gerald M. West. (1981). Riot Contagion in Latin America, 1949-1963. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 25, 2, 349, 368.

DOI

10.1177/002200278102500207

Volume

25

Issue

2