Mothers Who Kill: CrossCultural Patterns in and Perspectives on Contemporary Maternal Filicide
International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, Vol. 26, Pp. 493-514, 2003
23 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2016
Date Written: 2003
This article presents a brief cross-cultural review of maternal filicide, focusing specifically on the varying circumstances that surround the mothers who commit this crime. My goal is not to provide a comprehensive map of contemporary maternal filicide, but rather, to illustrate the manner in which a society’s structure of motherhood and women’s status contributes to maternal filicide. Special attention will be paid to the unwritten norms that govern women and motherhood, as well as to the manner in which distinct societies understand, rationalize, and punish maternal filicide.
Keywords: Maternal Filicide, United States, India, Fiji, Hungary
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