The social nature of serial murder: The intersection of gender and modernity

Wattis, Louise (2017) The social nature of serial murder: The intersection of gender and modernity. European Journal of Women's Studies, 24 (4). pp. 381-393. ISSN 1350-5068

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The literature on the aetiology of serial killing has benefited from analyses which offer an alternative perspective to individual/psychological approaches and consider serial murder as a sociological phenomenon. The main argument brought to bear within this body of work identifies the socio-economic and cultural conditions of modernity as enabling and legitimating the motivations and actions of the serial killer. This article interrogates this work from the standpoint of a gendered reading of modernity. Using the Yorkshire Ripper case, it emphasizes how in addition to the political economy, gender relations and masculinity shape the dynamics of serial murder and its representation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Feminicide, gender violence, late modernity, masculinity, misogyny
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2022 09:05
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2022 09:15

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