Rethinking Homicide: Exploring the Structure and Process Underlying Deadly Situations

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Using multiple data sources and methods, this book presents a micro-historical analysis of the nature of change and stability in homicidal situations over time. With a focus on the homicidal situation as the unit of analysis, it explores similarities and differences in the context of homicide for different social groups. Analysis of over 400,000 U.S. homicides is supplemented by qualitative analysis of narrative accounts of homicide events to more fully investigate their structure. Findings of homicidal situations across different time periods and social groups are then considered regarding their implications for criminological theory and public policy.

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'Rethinking Homicide presents a new perspective and approach for examining homicide situations and makes an informative and useful addition to the existing body of literature on homicide, which is of use to students and practitioners researching homicide.' Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521540582
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Criminology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
1 Introduction: Studying Homicide Situations 1
2 Theoretical Development 15
3 Data and Methodology for Studying Homicide Situations 36
4 The Empirical Distribution of Homicide 61
5 Instrumental and Expressive Motives in Homicide Situations 101
6 Gender Differences in the Structure of Homicide Situations 130
7 Change and Stability in the Structure of Youth Homicide 165
8 Racial Difference in Homicide Situations 191
9 Victim-Offender Relationships 227
10 Conclusions and Implications 256
References 281
Author Index 307
Subject Index 315
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