9781843921707

Murder

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  • ISBN13:

    9781843921707

  • ISBN10:

    1843921707

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-04-01
  • Publisher: Willan

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Summary

This book seeks to unravel the issues associated with the crime of murder, providing a highly accessible account of the subject for people coming to it for the first time. It uses detailed case studies as a way of exemplifying and exploring more general questions of socio-cultural responses to murder and their explanation.Historical perspectives are incorporated providing fascinating examples from the past and enabling readers to gain a vision of what has changed and what has remained the same within those socio-cultural responses to murder.The particular focus of this book is on what the authors call 'inter-personal murder', that is to say those acts of killing that involve intimates or acquaintances rather than those acts of killing that might result from road traffic accidents, political violence or the work of business corporations.Additionally the book also embraces questions of race and gender. Individual murders analysed include those of Ruth Ellis, Dennis Nielsen, Harold Shipman and Jamie Bulger.

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements ix
Cataloguing murder
1(21)
Introduction
1(2)
Defining murder
3(3)
A word on quantitative and qualitative research
6(2)
Sources of information on murder
8(6)
Nature and extent of murder in England and Wales: a contemporary picture
14(3)
Thinking about the victim
17(4)
Conclusion: murders, murderers and social construction
21(1)
Devils and demons: the social construction of murder and murderers
22(24)
Introduction
22(1)
Rendering them pathological
23(1)
Understanding evil: symbolism or reality?
24(1)
Ways of thinking about evil
25(4)
Competing for the subject murderer
29(3)
Criminology, criminological perspectives on murder and Harold Shipman
32(1)
Psychiatry and crime: inside the subconscious mind
33(1)
Psychology and crime: the search for individual differences
34(2)
Sociology: outside the criminal mind
36(1)
Feminism, serial killers and masculinity
37(2)
Masculinity, femininity and the power of the law
39(2)
Femininity, motherhood and murder
41(2)
The 'reasonable man of law' and the subject of offender
43(1)
Conclusion
44(2)
Murderous women
46(23)
Introduction
46(1)
Women who kill: mad or bad?
47(5)
Kate Webster
52(6)
Ruth Ellis
58(3)
Beverly Allitt
61(6)
Conclusion
67(2)
Murderous children
69(34)
Introduction
69(1)
Popular and criminological responses to the child who kills
70(3)
'Being a child': constructing childhood
73(3)
The killing of James Bulger
76(3)
Evicting the murderous child
79(4)
The history of child killing: George Burgess
83(5)
Moral understanding: doli incapax and remorse
88(4)
The female child who kills
92(5)
Causes and explanations?
97(3)
The importance of public amnesia
100(2)
Conclusion
102(1)
Murderous men: intimate and domestic killings
103(22)
Introduction
103(1)
Intimate murder and domestic violence
104(2)
Intimate homicide, history and criminal justice
106(4)
The lady in the lake
110(3)
A young mum
113(4)
The White House Farm murders
117(7)
Conclusion
124(1)
Murderous men: killing friends and acquaintances
125(22)
Introduction: murderous men and their friends: instrumental or expressive violence?
125(4)
A public profession of criminality: the Kray Twins
129(7)
Lack of motive: Ley and Smith
136(4)
'I seek company first': Dennis Nilsen
140(6)
Conclusion
146(1)
Rendering them pathological
147(12)
Introduction
147(1)
Sexuality and control
148(2)
Physicality and emotion
150(1)
Gender, ethnicity, age and class
151(2)
Understanding transgression
153(2)
The symbolic power of evil
155(2)
Conclusion: murder, pathology and the law
157(2)
References 159(12)
Index 171

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