New foundations: Pseudo-pacification and special liberty as potential cornerstones for a multi-level theory of homicide and serial murder

Hall, S. and Wilson, D. (2014) New foundations: Pseudo-pacification and special liberty as potential cornerstones for a multi-level theory of homicide and serial murder. European Journal of Criminology, 11 (5). pp. 635-655. ISSN 14773708 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Over the past 30 years the industrialized West has witnessed a move towards space, heterogeneity and subjectivity in the criminological study of violence and homicide. Although large-scale quantitative studies of the temporal and spatial distribution of homicide continue to provide a broad empirical context, aetiological explanations tend to be based on analyses of the heterogeneous psychological interactions and experiences of individual subjects at the micro-level. However, mid-range studies of the temporal and spatial distribution of perpetrators and victims of homicide between unrelated adults have provided a useful link between the micro- and macro-levels. Focusing primarily on British homicide and serial murder, this article attempts to strengthen this link by combining contemporary micro-analyses of the subjective motives of perpetrators with mid-range analyses of space, which can therefore be seen as part of the structural tradition of theorizing about homicide and serial murder. Placing these analyses in a broad underlying context constituted by major historical shifts in political economy and the cultural forms of ‘pseudo-pacification’ and ‘special liberty’ will lay the initial cornerstones for an integrated multi-level theory. © The Author(s) 2014.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Homicide, pseudo-pacification, serial murder, space, special liberty, subjectivity, victims
Subjects: M900 Other in Law
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2016 14:36
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2016 14:36
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1979

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