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A comprehensive exploration, Studying and Prevention of Homicide offers thoroughly researched chapters by a distinguished group of contributors. Leading scholars in the field, editors M. Dwayne Smith and Margaret A. Zahn have compiled an extensive range of topics including: mass and serial murders, homicides by youth, gang homicides, domestic homicides, homicides by female offenders, and alcohol/drug related homicides.

Homicide: Cross-National Perspectives
Homicide: Cross-national perspectives

Modern efforts to develop international crime statistics can be traced back to the General Statistical Congress, convened in Brussels in 1853 (Campion, 1949), Conference participants were clearly convinced of the need for international crime statistics but, at the same time, were wary of the formidable impediments. In particular, they regarded the differences in legal definitions of crime between countries as a seemingly insurmountable obstacle (Vetere & Newman, 1977).

A similar ambivalence toward the collection of international crime statistics clouded the first International Congress on the Prevention and Repression of Crime, held in London in 1872. One of the primary purposes of the Congress was to collect reliable international crime statistics (Pears, 1872). Differences between countries, however, with regard to police and ...

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