This study proposes a micro?institutional theory of political violence, according to which citizens' participation in political violence is partially an outcome of tight coupling of persons' practices and self?identifications with institutional logics opposed to dominant logics associated with world culture, such as the nation?state and gender equality. The study focuses on two types of institutional carriers through which persons adopt institutional logics: routine practices and self?identifications associated with three institutional logics: the familial, the ethnic, and the religious logics. Using a 15?country survey data from early twenty?first?century sub?Saharan Africa, the study finds evidence in support of the theory. Reported participation in political violence is associated with practices and self?identifications uncoupled from dominant world?culture logics but tightly coupled with the patriarchal familial logic, with an oppositional ethnic logic, and with a politicized oppositional religious logic.
Como citar: Velitchkova, A. (2015). World Culture, Uncoupling, Institutional Logics, and Recoupling: Practices and Self-Identification as Institutional Microfoundations of Political Violence. Sociological Forum, 30: 698–720. doi:10.1111/socf.12188