Parricide and Violence Against Parents: A Cross-Cultural View Across Past and Present

Why do we need histories of parricide and violence against parents?Definitions and theoretical frameworkThe design of this bookNotesI Approaches to violence against parentsDefining violence against parentsApproaches to violence against parents in contemporary academic researchContexts of violence against parents: the family and family systemsConclusionNotesConceptualising violence against parents‘Bad’ or ‘mad’Approaches to violence against parents in early modern societiesDiscovering the psycheInsanity and degeneracy in explanations of violence against parentsViolence against parents and family violence theories: general frameworksFatal and non-fatal violence against parentsParricide and parent abuseAdolescent and youth perpetratorsAdult children as perpetratorsDoes non-fatal violence result in parricide?Gender, race, class, and culture as theoretical frameworks in violence against parentsConclusionNotesHistoricising violence against parentsAssessing quantitative continuityChanges in understanding family, power, and parenthoodCultural age, authority, and independenceEmotion and psychology in historyConclusionNotesII Criminology of violence against parentsDefining the crimeOffence characteristics of parricides and violence against parentsVictim and offender countsGender and age of victims and offendersIntent and weapons used in parricidesThe sources of conflict in parricidesConclusionNotesExamining the offendersThe discourse of child maltreatment and psychiatry in previous worksCriminological theory and offending trajectoriesInscribing parricide offenders onto existing offence trajectoriesConclusionNotesResponding to violence against parentsLegal responses to violence against parentsTraditional criminal justice system’s responses to violence against parentsPunishments and their alternatives: deterrence, mediation, and restorative justice in violence against parents’ casesCommunity and police responses to violence against parents’ incidentsCommunity responses to domestic conflictPolice intervention in domestic conflictContemporary family violence prevention and intervention programmesConclusionNotesIII Regional overviews: where and whenEuropean parricide and parent abuseMasculinity, economy, and violence in the Nordic countriesThe grim picture of violence against parents and parricide in Nordic historyAuthority and dependence in Nordic householdsShame and victim blaming in violence against parents’ casesFamily conflict, authority, and patriarchy in Russian history‘Honour thy father’: ideal parent–child relationships and realityLitigating parent abuse: home economy, masculinity, and parent abuseParent abuse and socialism: between egalitarianism and traditionConclusionNotesModernising parricide: the US and the WestParricide in the context of general homicidesThe character of parricides in North America and the WestArgument and alcoholDefensive parricidesStructure versus behaviourParricide and raceConclusionNotesIn the heart of patriarchy: the Far EastNarratives of crime and punishment in violence against parents in the Far EastConfucianism and parricide in Korean societyWar, industrialisation, and Korean familiesThe Confucian character of parricide in KoreaThe over-representation of women as parricide offenders and in-laws as victimsLack of sibling-defence parricidesProprietary view of offspringConclusionNotesColonialism and resistanceParricide, political violence, and legal dualism in colonial contextsDomestic hierarchies and family systemsCharacter of parricides in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle EastWitchcraftMachismoSituational factorsPrevention of violence against parentsConclusionNotesThe character of parricide thesisPatriarchy, authority, and violence against parentsNotes
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