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Homicide - • Social Construction of Murder o Killing...

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Homicide Violence as routine subjective vs objective concern urban-rural spread Categories: Targets and Circumstances Act vs definition and interpretation (plea bargain) Non-criminal 1. Excusable--accident 2. Justifiable--legally sanctioned 3. Self-defense 4. Line of duty 5. Mercy killing? 6. Battered wife syndrome? Criminal: ~16,137 per year (2004) o 1st--premeditated and deliberate o 2nd--no premeditation o Either of the above if death occurs during the course of a felony o Manslaughter o Voluntary-result of an act that injures o Involuntary-less directly related to injurious act o Criminally negligent homicide--DWI USA: 5.7 per 100,000. Internationally: 75 per 100,000 in South Africa to 0.6 per 100,000 in Ireland Tolerance and definition vary: What killing equals Murder?
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Unformatted text preview: • Social Construction of Murder o Killing versus murder o Toleration o Approval o Necessity o Abortion, Death Penalty, Assisted Suicides • Murder: Positivism o Distorted media image o Heat of the moment realit o Murders justify--vindication o Intimacy o Victims and prepetrators: same group o Intraracial o African Americans more likely to kill and be killed o Murder and social class o Men versus women o Homicide rates vary dramatically from society to society Murder Myths • One violent crime every xx seconds • Subjective vs objective reality and concern • Murder mystery • Course of a felony-panic • The "psycho" • Gangland- although gang related homicides are increasing...
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