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The Handbook of Homicide

Fiona Brookman (Editor), Edward R. Maguire (Editor), Mike Maguire (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-92449-5
768 pages
March 2017, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Handbook of Homicide presents a series of original essays by renowned authors from around the world, reflecting the latest scholarship on the nature, causes, and patterns of homicide, as well as policies and practices for its investigation and prevention.
  • Includes comprehensive coverage of the complex phenomenon of homicide and its various forms
  • Features original contributions from an esteemed team of global experts and scholars with chapters highlighting the authors’ original research
  • Represents the first internationally-focused collection of the latest research on the nature and causes of homicide
  • Covers both the causes and dynamics of homicide, as well as policies and practices intended to address it
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors ix

Introduction: Homicide in Global Perspective xix
Fiona 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 3
Helen Innes, Sarah Tucker, and Martin Innes

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

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

4 Social and Legal Responses to Homicide 54
Mark Cooney

Part II Understanding Different Forms of Homicide 71

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

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

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

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

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

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

11 Infanticide 180
Carl P. Malmquist

12 Parricide Encapsulated 197
Kathleen M. Heide

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

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

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

16 Genocide and State‐Sponsored Killing 268
Andy Aydın‐Aitchison

Part III Homicide around the Globe: International Perspectives 289

17 Homicide in Europe 291
Marieke Liem

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

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

20 Homicide in Canada 345
Myrna Dawson

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

22 Homicide in Japan 388
Tom Ellis and Koichi Hamai

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

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

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

26 Understanding Homicide in China 467
Liqun Cao

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

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

Part IV Investigating Homicide 515

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

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

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

32 Cold Case Homicide Reviews 566
Cheryl Allsop

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

Part V Reducing and Preventing Homicide 599

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

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

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

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

38 Preventing Homicide 676
Edward R. Maguire

Index 693

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Author Information

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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Reviews

"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 varities of homicide are treated in exhaustive breadth in this volume. The geographic and topical scope are impressive. There are contributions both fascinationg 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 sactioned? What is corporate homicide? Why is DNA rarely a smoking gun? These, among many other questiosn asked and answered, make this an interesting and valuable collection.' - Joel Wallman, The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation for the Study of Violence

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