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4 Homicide Stud. 3 (2000)

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     A   New Era of Homicide Studies?
     Visions  of a Research Agenda for the Next Decade

                     M. DWAYNE   SMITH
                 University of North Carolina at Charlotte
                      Editor, Homicide Studies

This issue marks the fourth volume of Homicide Studies and the first
issue of what is popularly thought to be the new century (apolo-
gies to the millennium purists, but please allow me some latitude
here). A number of topics have been touched on in the contents of
Homicide Studies during its brief existence, although a few (e.g.,
structural analyses of the geographic distribution of homicide)
have dominated the presentations. Regardless of their topic, most
articles have concluded with the thought that there was still much
more  to know. Although this is a rather typical ending for aca-
demic manuscripts, the combined effect of this suggestion should
force us to ponder a rather serious question: Given the sheer vol-
ume  of literature, not to mention time and money, devoted to the
study of homicide, what remains that we do not know?
  That  question, posed informally to several colleagues, pro-
vided a surprising range of responses and served as motivation
for this lead article in the first issue of 2000. To explore the issue
further, members of the editorial board of Homicide Studies were
asked to share their ideas regarding a research agenda for the next
decade. The central issue can be framed in multiple ways, but the
essence of the question posed was the following: Briefly, what
don't we know  about homicide that, with proper research, could
be learned? Alternatively, for the brave: What don't we know
about homicide that, if we did, would significantly enhance our
understanding  of lethal violence? (I elected to omit Explain,
saving that dreaded phrase for one of those exams that drive col-
lege students to madness.)
   What follows are contributions from a number of the journal's
editorial board members who are among today's leading scholars
in the study  of homicide. Readers  are left to decipher the
HOMICIDE STUDIES, Vol. 4 No. 1, February 2000 3-17
@ 2000 Sage Publications, Inc.

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