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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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Some Implications: A Few Closing Thoughts

Some Implications: A Few Closing Thoughts

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(p.258) 7 SOME IMPLICATIONS: A FEW CLOSING THOUGHTS
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Familicidal Hearts
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Neil Websdale

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315417.003.007

The concluding chapter opens with the observation that familicide is an implosive undoing of a uniquely modern set of lineages and interdependencies, mediated through the expectations of romantic love and liberal parenting. As such, the offense strikes at the heart of modern gender regimes. The author concludes that familicide cases have much to tell us about the way we make sense of and respond to other forms of intimate-partner violence and killing. He recommends greater recognition of the role of emotion in intimate violence and killing and calls for an appreciation of emotion that is at once historical, sociological, and psychological. Recognizing the importance of emotional styles and figurations of feeling provides an alternative to explanations of intimate violence and killing based on the dynamics of power and control. The author explores the implications of such an approach for preventing future violence and intimate killing.

Keywords:   emotion, intimate violence, power, control, prevention, cultural change, domestic violence, murder

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