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Using Murder

The Social Construction of Serial Homicide, 1st Edition

By Philip Jenkins


262 pages

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First published in 1994, this book investigates the social construction of serial homicide and assesses the concern that popular fears and stereotypes have exaggerated: the actual scale of multiple homcide. Jenkins has produced an innovative synthesis of approaches to social problem construction that includes an historical and social-scientific estimate of the objective scale of serial murder; a rhetorical analysis of the contruction of the phenomenom in public debate; a cultural studies-oriented analysis of the portrayal of serial murder in contemorary media.

Chapters include: "The Construction of Problems and Panic," which covers areas such as comprehending murder, dangerous outsiders, and the rhetoric of perscution; "The Reality of Serial Murder," which discusses statistics, stereotype examination, and media patterns;"Popular Culture: Images of the Serial Killer"; "The Racial Dimension: Serial Murder as Bias Crime"; and "Darker than We Imagine"; "Cults and Conspiracies."

Table of Contents

Contents: 1. The construction of problems and panics 2. The reality of serial murder 3. The role of the Justice Department 4. Popular culture: images of the serial killer 5. Serial murder as modern mythology 6, The social critique "the kind of society we have now" 7. Everyman: serial murder as 'femicide' 8. The racial dimension: serial mider as bias crime 9. "A homosexual who could strikie again" 10. "Darker than we imagine": cults and conspiracies 11. Conclusion: making and establishing claims

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology