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The Handbook of Homicide. Wiley Handbooks in Criminology and Criminal Justice

  • ID: 3845011
  • Book
  • 768 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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"The Handbook of Homicide will be an invaluable resource to those interested in understanding the phenomenon in all its diversity and complexity."

Thomas P. Abt, Harvard Kennedy School

"Murder, the gravest of human transgressions, and other varieties of homicide are treated in exhaustive breadth in this volume. The geographic and topical scope are impressive. There are contributions both fascinating for scholars of homicide and useful for those charged with keeping it from happening and solving it when it does. How much of cross–national variation in homicide statistics reflects real differences in rates of killing rather than differences in definition and reporting practices? What are the non–legal factors influencing how severely different killings are sanctioned? What is corporate homicide? Why is DNA rarely a smoking gun? These, among many other questions asked and answered, make this an interesting and valuable collection."

Joel Wallman, The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation for the Study of Violence.

The Handbook of Homicide presents a comprehensive collection of original essays by renowned experts and scholars from around the world, exploring the nature, causes, and patterns of homicide, as well as policies and practices for its investigation and prevention. It offers novel insights into the significant range and complexity of homicide in its myriad forms and includes chapters on homicide in regions of the world and types of homicide that are often overlooked in existing literature. Theoretical and research–based insights are presented to help explain global variations in crime rates, and shifting patterns and trends. Further chapters explore specific types of homicide including: gang, drug–related, sexual homicides, honor and hate killings, infanticide, terrorism, and genocide. This Handbook also examines the latest approaches utilized by police agencies and forensic science labs to investigate homicide cases, and covers the state–of–the–art research currently available to reduce and prevent homicide

The Handbook of Homicide provides an indispensable source of information on all aspects of the extremely complex global phenomenon that represents the most serious form of violent crime

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Notes on Contributors ix

Introduction: Homicide in Global Perspective xixFiona Brookman, Edward R. Maguire, and Mike Maguire

Part I Homicide in Context 1

1 Murderous Thoughts: The Macro, Micro, and Momentary in Theorizing the Causes and Consequences of Criminal Homicide 3Helen Innes, Sarah Tucker, and Martin Innes

2 Geographic and Temporal Variation in Cross National Homicide Victimization Rates 20Meghan L. Rogers and William Alex Pridemore

3 Some Trends in Homicide and Its Age Crime Curves 44Alfred Blumstein

4 Social and Legal Responses to Homicide 54Mark Cooney

Part II Understanding Different Forms of Homicide 71

5 Gang Homicide in the United States: What We Know and Future Research Directions 73Jesenia M. Pizarro

6 Drug Related Homicide 89Sean P. Varano and Joseph B. Kuhns

7 Sexual Homicide: A Review of Recent Empirical Evidence (2008 to 2015) 105Heng Choon (Oliver) Chan

8 When Women are Murdered 131R. Emerson Dobash and Russell P. Dobash

9 Women Murdered in the Name of Honor 149Aisha K. Gill

10 Hate and Homicide: Exploring the Extremes of Prejudice Motivated Violence 165Nathan Hall

11 Infanticide 180Carl P. Malmquist

12 Parricide Encapsulated 197Kathleen M. Heide

13 Corporate Homicide, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Human Rights 213Gary Slapper

14 Empirical Challenges to Studying Terrorism and Homicide 231Joseph K. Young and Erin M. Kearns

15 Multiple Homicide: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder 249Jack Levin and James Alan Fox

16 Genocide and State Sponsored Killing 268Andy Ayd n Aitchison

Part III Homicide around the Globe: International Perspectives 289

17 Homicide in Europe 291Marieke Liem

18 Comparing Characteristics of Homicides in Finland, the Netherlands, and Sweden 308Soenita M. Ganpat

19 Homicide in Britain 320Fiona Brookman, Helen Jones, and Sophie Pike

20 Homicide in Canada 345Myrna Dawson

21 Typifying American Exceptionalism: Homicide in the USA 368Amanda L. Robinson and Christopher D. Maxwell

22 Homicide in Japan 388Tom Ellis and Koichi Hamai

23 Homicide in Australia and New Zealand: Precursors and Prevention 412Paul Mazerolle, Li Eriksson, Richard Wortley, and Holly Johnson

24 Drivers of Homicide in Latin America and the Caribbean: Does Relative Political Capacity Matter? 432Erik Alda

25 Homicide in Russia: Issues of Measuring and Theoretical Explanations 451Alexandra Lysova and Nikolay Shchitov

26 Understanding Homicide in China 467Liqun Cao

27 Homicide in India: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives 486K. Jaishankar and Debarati Halder

28 Homicide in South Africa: Offender Perspectives on Dispute related Killings of Men 499Marie Rosenkrantz Lindegaard

Part IV Investigating Homicide 515

29 Technology and Homicide Investigation 517Patrick Q. Brady and William R. King

30 Solving Homicides: Trends, Causes, and Ways to Improve 533Thomas S. Alexander and Charles F. Wellford

31 Using DNA in the Investigation of Homicide: Scientific, Operational, and Evidential Considerations 548Robin Williams

32 Cold Case Homicide Reviews 566Cheryl Allsop

33 A Damning Cascade of Investigative Errors: Flaws in Homicide Investigation in the USA 578Deborah Davis and Richard A. Leo

Part V Reducing and Preventing Homicide 599

34 Seeing and Treating Violence as a Health Issue 601Charles Ransford and Gary Slutkin

35 Identifying and Intervening in Homicide Networks 626Andrew M. Fox and Olivia R. Allen

36 Focused Deterrence and the Reduction of Gang Homicide 643Anthony A. Braga

37 From Theory to Practice: Reducing Gun Violence and Homicide in Detroit 659Eric Grommon, John D. McCluskey, and Timothy S. Bynum

38 Preventing Homicide 676Edward R. Maguire

Index 693

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Fiona Brookman is Professor of Criminology at the University of South Wales, UK. She is the author of Understanding Homicide (2005) and co–editor of Handbook on Crime (2010). She has written over fifty articles and chapters on various themes related to violence and homicide.

Edward R. Maguire is Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Associate Director in the Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety at Arizona State University, USA. He has written or edited four books and more than seventy articles and chapters on various themes related to policing, violence, research methodology, and comparative criminology.

Mike Maguire is Part–Time Professor of Criminology at the University of South Wales, UK and Professor Emeritus at Cardiff University, UK. He is co–editor of The Oxford Handbook of Criminology (5th edition, 2012), and is a long–standing member of the Correctional Services Accreditation and Advice Panel.

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