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

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number0
    Pages (from-to)381-393
    Number of pages13
    JournalEuropean Journal of Women's Studies
    Volume24
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2016

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