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NCJ Number: 136241 Find in a Library
Title: Rethinking Homicide: Violence, Race, and the Politics of Gender
Journal: International Journal of Health Services  Volume:20  Issue:1  Dated:(1990)  Pages:3-26
Author(s): E Stark
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 24
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of homicide concludes that an international strategy that combines sanctions against interpersonal assault, gun control, and the empowerment of survivors might prevent half of all homicides.
Abstract: Although homicide is the fourth leading cause of premature mortality in the United States and the leading cause of death for young blacks, the health professions have been largely oblivious to violence. Prevailing explanations contribute to this neglect by emphasizing biological or psychiatric factors that make homicide unpredictable as well as cultural and environmental factors such as the emergence of a new "underclass" that link violence to race, However, an analysis of cases in which no other crime is involved suggests the need to reconceptualize "primary" homicide as a byproduct of interpersonal violence, a broad category of social entrapment rooted in the politics of gender inequality and including wife abuse, child abuse, and assaults by friends and acquaintances. The data show that blacks are no more violent than whites. In addition, a majority of homicides are between social partners or involve gender stereotypes, are preceded by a series of assaults that are known to service providers, and grow out of intense social engagement about issues of male control and independence. International comparisons, tables, footnotes, and 64 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Crime specific countermeasures; Homicide causes
Index Term(s): Crime prevention planning; Medical and dental services; Social service agencies
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