The crime of homicide has long animated academic debate, community concern and political attention. The discussion has often centered on the perceived (in)adequacy of legal responses to homicide, questions of culpability, and divergent representations of victims and offenders. Within this, notions of gender, responsibility and justice are pivotal. This edited collection builds on existing scholarship by examining these concerns not only in the context of the ‘private’ world of domestic murder but also in the more ‘public’ world of the state, the corporation, war, and genocide. In so doing this book draws from key frameworks of criminological thought, legal analysis and empirical evidence to critically examine the relationship between homicide, gender and responsibility.

Bringing together leading international criminology and legal scholars, this collection provides a unique contribution to the academic and policy engagement with what is, more often than not, an ordinary and mundane crime. Analysing the crime in a variety of different social contexts alongside an in-depth and critical analysis of the interconnections between the ordinary act of lethal violence, gender and notions of responsibility, this book will be of interest to students, scholars and policymakers working in criminology and socio-legal studies.

chapter |12 pages


Homicide, gender and responsibility

part |82 pages

Making sense of the boundaries between homicide, gender and responsibility

part |86 pages

Blurring the boundaries between homicide, gender and responsibility

chapter |16 pages

Murderousness in war

From My Lai to Marine A

chapter |17 pages

‘He seems to come out as a personally cruel person'

Perpetrator re-presentations in direct murder cases at the ICTY 1

chapter |18 pages

Lethal violence and legal ambiguities

Deaths in custody in Australia's offshore detention centres