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NCJ Number: 82263 Find in a Library
Title: Homicide and Suicide - Structure and Process
Journal: Deviant Behavior  Volume:3  Issue:2  Dated:(January-March 1982)  Pages:91-115
Author(s): K Levi
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 25
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article brings together major new findings on homicide and suicide in order to contribute to an awareness of the similarities and differences between the two at both the structural and process levels of analysis, to make causal inferences, and to stimulate future research.
Abstract: Both homicide and suicide are processes of fixation on conflict resolution. The process of conflict resolution in turn is conditioned by structural disorganization. The process of fixation is conditioned by structural segregation, taking the particular form of estrangement, self-reliance, and partial isolation. Intentional suicide, as distinct from intentional homicide, involves a negative fixation on self resulting primarily from the physical or psychological unavailability of a victim. The lack of a victim leaves the would-be suicide feeling overwhelmed by the emotion that he or she fears. This process is conditioned by age and societal centralization, which together deny opportunities for homicide and detract from the kind of social support that might make life seem worthwhile. (Publisher abstract)
Index Term(s): Homicide; Suicide
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