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NCJ Number: 168554 Find in a Library
Title: Masculinity and Child Homicide
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:36  Issue:3  Dated:special issue (1996)  Pages:396-411
Author(s): C M Alder; K Polk
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 16
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article explores the relationship between masculinity and violence through an examination of case studies of child homicides committed by men in Victoria, Australia between 1985 and 1994.
Abstract: The findings reveal a diversity of violent scenarios and a complexity in masculinity and its relationship to violence. They challenge the adequacy of universalistic representations of male violence as either an instrumental act, a means of accomplishing masculinity, or as an unpremeditated emotional act of rage and anger in response to a threat. In particular, the scenarios reveal both the complex and sometimes contradictory expectations of masculinity and the ways in which they are achieved differently in different situations. The diversity of the violent scenarios and of the masculinities they reveal is the major thrust of these findings. It is also important to remember that: these are crimes committed by men; some forms of child homicide are distinctly male crimes; cross cultures violence is predominantly male behavior; and growing awareness of the complexity of masculinity and the relationships to violence should not obscure more universalistic analyses. References
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Australia; Child abuse fatalities; Comparative criminology; Crimes against children; Cross-cultural comparisons; Cross-cultural theories; Gender issues; Victims of violent crime; Violent men
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