Editorial Introduction to Homicide Studies Special Issue: Critical Perspectives on Homicide

Published date01 August 2024
AuthorKaren Holt
Date01 August 2024
Subject MatterSpecial Issue Editor’s Introduction
Homicide Studies
2024, Vol. 28(3) 247 –250
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DOI: 10.1177/10887679241246991
Special Issue Editor’s Introduction
Editorial Introduction to
Homicide Studies Special
Issue: Critical Perspectives
on Homicide
Karen Holt1
There have been many contributions to the study and understanding of the causes of
homicide and best practices for prevention, but they have typically relied on main-
stream criminological theories. To promote the dissemination and integration of ideas
from diverse perspectives and to shift toward a more inclusive understanding of homi-
cide, this special issue of Homicide Studies is dedicated to critical perspectives of
homicide, utilizing theoretical perspectives that challenge the existing structures, prac-
tices, and policies which facilitate violence, most often affecting those who lack
power, privilege, and status. This issue is focused on violence at the margins of society
and the forces that render certain populations most vulnerable to homicide victimiza-
tion. This vulnerability is not inherent; rather, it is a product of ideologies and actions
that frame certain groups as dangerous others responsible for the harm perpetrated
against them. The collection of articles that comprise this special issue examines
homicide through a critical criminological perspective, centering issues such as the
dynamics of interpersonal violence and its control, the social and spatial parameters of
violence, state-sanctioned violence, and marginalized and minoritized victims of
homicide. The contributions are theoretically grounded in the sociology of violence,
critical and feminist theory, and radical and queer perspectives.
Violent ideologies have led to policies and practices that have resulted in devastat-
ing consequences for some groups. Brightman, Lenning, Lurie, and DeJong examine
the background of anti-trans violence as it pertains to ideology, legislation, and the role
of the state. They describe the trifecta of violence, or the relationship between violent
ideology, violent politics and policies, and the violent actions that culminate and harm
vulnerable and marginalized groups. Applying this framework to transgender persons,
1Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA
Corresponding Author:
Karen Holt, Michigan State University, 655 Auditorium Drive, 424 Baker Hall, East Lansing,
MI 48824-1312, USA.
Email: holtkar1@msu.edu
1246991HSXXXX10.1177/10887679241246991Homicide StudiesHolt

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