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3 Homicide Stud. 3 (1999)

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                Editor's   Introduction



This issue of Homicide Studies begins the third year of the journal's
publication. Our readership has expanded considerably during
the past 2 years, and the journal's impact is already evident
through the number  of citations that the first eight issues have
generated. Reflecting the dominant type of article received for
review, the journal's content has been largely academic. How-
ever, we remain committed to the unmet objective of incorporat-
ing more  articles from practitioners. The featuring of special
issues proved to be quite successful, making this format a viable
option for future topics. All told, the initial years of Homicide Stud-
ies have been ones of many challenges, a few accomplishments,
and the continued desire to provide an integrated, comprehen-
sive outlet for the study of homicide as a form of human behavior.
  The  first two articles in this third volume complement one
another in attempting to further understand one  of the most
marked,  persistent patterns of homicide-the disproportionate
involvement  of men as offenders and victims. Kenneth Polk, in
Males and Honor  Contest Violence, sees the defense of mascu-
line honor (a concept with multiple meanings) as a prevalent
theme in interactions preceding the homicidal act. In some cases,
the defense is a direct response to honor-based challenges; in oth-
ers, the perceived need for defense is elicited by seemingly subtle
threats that can seem bewildering to those outside the combat-
ants' circle. Polk suggests that, as a motive for homicide, honor
defense is often lost in current classification schemes of victim and
offender relationships. He suggests that a more sensitive reading
of surrounding events will often underscore the centrality of this
concept to understanding males' participation in homicide.
  Near  the end of Murder as Self-Help: Women  and Intimate
Partner Homicide, Elicka S. L. Peterson extends Polk's point by
suggesting that women's comparatively minimal participation in
honor-based violence largely accounts for the striking disparity

HOMICIDE STUDIES, Vol. 3 No. 1, February 1999 3-5
@ 1999 Sage Publications, Inc.
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