Book Review: Burning dislike: Ethnic violence in schools

Published date01 December 2019
Date01 December 2019
Subject MatterBook Reviews
analyzed over many years, though further detail is warranted to provide some background for the
reader. In addition, the book contains some examples of generalizations based primarily on anecdo-
tal evidence, the limitations of which are not thoroughly recognized. Last, it is not clear who the
intended audience of Redefining Rape is, though it seems most appropriate for those with an interest
and background in American history or sociology. Despite the title, the central focus of the book
seems to be a historical analysis of race, gender, and class in America in which changing definitions
of sexual violence provide evidence of the impact of these power relations on social, economic, and
political freedoms. The connections and arguments presented in the book are powerful, though read-
ers seeking an in-depth analysis of sexual violence primarily through a criminological or criminal
justice perspective may find the book more useful as a reference tool.
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Sanchez-Jankowski, M. (2016).
Burning dislike: Ethnic violence in schools. Oakland: University of California Press. 290 pp. $27.15, ISBN
Reviewed by: Dahlia Stoddart, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX, USA
DOI: 10.1177/0734016817744014
In the book Burning Dislike: Ethnic Violence in Schools, the author, Martin Sanchez-Jankowski,
used systematic direct observation of behavior (before and after an incident) to chronicle firsthand
ethnic violence in high school in California, United States. Sanchez-Jankowski stated that although
ethnic violence within and outside of schools is a fundamental problem, the topic receives little
attention. Ethnic violence in school is an indication that students are not socialization well to tolerate
diversity, and every effort should be made to prevent it. This book chronicles into seven chapter (the
introduction and three main sections, Tinder, Flames, and Embers).
In Chapter I, Sanchez-Jankowski used the metaphor fire and forest fire to help the reader under-
stand the danger of ethnic violence in school and how it spreads once it has started. The ethnic vio-
lence started and spread from built-up tensions and may lead to injury and/or death. Some of the
factors associated with the built-up tension are the economic conditions, the labor market, structural
circumstances, history between interacting groups past conflict, language barriers, and cultural
orientations. Ethnic violence usually dwindled when students lost motivation to continue the conflict
and when law enforcement got involved.
In Chapter II, Sanchez-Jankowski used the metaphor kindling to explain the psychological and his-
torical basis of ethnic violence in schools. Some of the psychological conditions necessary to start
ethnic violence involved group identity (determine who were and were not a part of their group),
stereotypic behaviors (based on past relationships) and self-identity (names, physical features, lan-
guage, religion, and group history). Students sense of history influenced ethnic violence. For exam-
ple, students in middle-class school who understood their history from a positive perspective were
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