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Familicidal HeartsThe Emotional Styles of 211 Killers$
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Neil Websdale

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195315417

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315417.001.0001

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Situating Familicide

Situating Familicide

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(p.1) 1 SITUATING FAMILICIDE
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Familicidal Hearts
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Neil Websdale

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315417.003.001

The opening chapter introduces a sociohistorical approach to the study of familicide, which takes shape against the backdrop of the ethnographic research and social policy work of the author. The author discusses the systematic methodology used to gather information on 211 cases of familicide. One of the core arguments of the book is that familicide constitutes one of the many consequences of the emotional conditions of modern life. The author defines modern life and maps the historical emergence of familicide. He discusses the research into familicide, family killing, and homicide, stressing the importance of focusing on emotions as a way of making sense of familicide. In particular, he develops the idea of an emotional continuum as a means of understanding the range of perpetrators' emotional styles.

Keywords:   familicide, social historical approach, methodology, extant research, emotional continuum, murder, domestic violence

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