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Rosemary Gartner and Bill McCarthy (1991)

The Social Distribution of Femicide in Urban Canada, 1921-1988

Law and Society Review, 25(2):287--311.

Data from 670 cases of femicide in Toronto, Ontario, & Vancouver, British Columbia, 1921-1988, are used to determine the extent to which two conventional approaches to homicide (motivational & opportunity) account for the social distribution of femicide. The motivational perspective holds that people kill others by whom they feel threatened, or with whom they are in competition over scarce & valuable resources. The opportunity perspective emphasizes the chances for victimization in a population. The findings suggest that both perspectives are inadequate, & that an alternative perspective is needed that would acknowledge both the intimate, domestic character of femicide & the historically contingent nature of opportunities & motivations for it. Unlike male homicide, femicide remains as concentrated in private, domestic locations & relationships as it was seventy years ago; however, the relationships between femicide & some facets of social status, eg, women's employment, have changed over time. 5 Tables, 25 References. Adapted from the source document.

femicide, social distribution, Canada, 1921-1988 case data, Toronto, Ontario/Vancouver, British Columbia, *Victimization, *Females, *Toronto, Ontario, *Vancouver, British Columbia, *Homicide, article, 2147: social problems and social welfare; sociology of crime
SubjectsTermNotLitGenreText - *Homicide; *Toronto, Ontario; *Vancouver, British Columbia; *Females; *Victimization

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