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Exploring homicide in an international context

Research published by SAGE in current special issue of Homicide Studies


From cross-national to country-specific empirical analyses and exploratory studies, the special issue, guest edited by Indiana University's William Alex Pridemore, examines homicide from diverse global, gender, age, and cultural directions, looking at such wide-ranging concepts as:

  • The association between alcohol consumption and homicide rates in Europe

  • How economic inequality affects homicide rates in 14 developed democracies

  • Cross-national infanticide

  • Homicide in Finland (which has a higher rate than most European countries)

  • Neighborhood-levels factors associated with homicide in the Netherlands

  • The fall of communism and how it affected homicide rates

  • Explanations of the difference in homicide clearance rates in Japan and the United States

  • Japan's drop in homicides following World War II

"Homicide Studies is at the forefront in recognizing the importance of international and cross-national scholarship," writes guest editor William Alex Pridemore in the introduction. "This special issue provides us a glimpse of the many and varied types of international, comparative, and cross-national homicide research being carried out today and we hope it encourages further exploration of these topics by an even greater number of scholars, especially in nations and regions not covered here."


The special issue of Homicide Studies, examining homicide in an international context, has been made available by SAGE at no charge for a limited time at

SAGE is a leading international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media for academic, educational, and professional markets. Since 1965, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students spanning a wide range of subject areas including business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology and medicine. A privately owned corporation, SAGE has principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, and Singapore.

Homicide Studies is a high-quality, multidisciplinary publication devoted to the dissemination of information concerning research, public policy, and applied knowledge relating to the study of homicide. It publishes the latest thinking and discussion in homicide studies aiding more effective public policies to help reduce and possibly prevent future homicides.

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