Comments on Wanderer's Article on Riot Severity and its Correlates

Spilerman, Seymour

Spilerman's review of Wanderer concludes that his comparison with the Liberson and Silverman article is inappropriate on two accounts: the two studies investigated disturbances which occurred during different time periods and which were very different in form and perhaps in etiology as well, and the variables which Wanderer found to be correlated with riot severity are not the variables considered by Liberson and Silvernman. Overall, Spilerman continues his critique specifically regarding Wanderer's methodology and comparative conclusions. He also suggests that Wanderer's variables do not satisfy the reasoning.



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February 25, 2015