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2 Homicide Stud. 3 (1998)

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                Editor's Introduction


Welcome  to Volume  2 of Homicide Studies. The journal's second
year begins with a renewed commitment   to providing a valued
and respected source of information regarding the patterns and
causes of homicide, as well as a forum for discussing possible
means  of reducing this infinitely tragic form of human interaction.
  Several goals were  discussed in the first issue of Homicide
Studies. Looking back on last year, considerable progress has been
made  toward some  of those goals, whereas much work remains
if others are to be realized. On a particularly positive note, the
journal has been successful in attracting papers from outside of
the United States; consequently, articles based on non-U.S. sam-
ples have been  included in every issue. Disseminating cross-
national information on homicide remains a priority; featuring
reports from non-Western countries is an area in which we hope
to improve.
  An  objective at which we have been less successful is to publish
a broad variety of works, including reports from practitioners. A
strong commitment   to achieving this goal remains. By the time
this is read, strategies for attracting quality research with an
applied focus will have been discussed with editorial board mem-
bers at the 1997 American Society of Criminology meetings. As
always, readers' comments and suggestions are welcomed.
   The lead article of this issue concerns the connection between
alcohol consumption and homicide. In spite of the well-acknowl-
edged  role of alcohol consumption in contributing to the inci-
dence of homicide, research in this area remains rather unfocused.
Robert Nash  Parker addresses this issue by analyzing a cross-
national model linking the cultural context of alcohol consumption
with national homicide rates. Results from both cross-sectional
and  longitudinal analyses serve to clarify the connection, most
notably its different effects on sex-specific rates of homicide.



HOMICIDE STUDIES, Vol. 2 No. 1, February 1998 3-5
@ 1998 Sage Publications, Inc.
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