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Shared Struggles? Cumulative Strain Theory and Public Mass Murderers From 1990 to 2014:

Shared Struggles? Cumulative Strain Theory and Public Mass Murderers From 1990 to 2014: Scholars have urged a shift in research on mass murder from the creation of typologies to theoretically rich, data-driven comparative examinations of the phenomenon. We seek to redress such calls in two ways. First, we analyze a unique sample of public mass murderers through the multistage explanatory model of cumulative strain theory. Second, we use a comparison group of similarly violent offenders—lone actor terrorists—to provide context to our findings. The results demonstrate that cumulative strain theory usefully describes the trajectory toward violence of public mass murderers, more so when a concept implicit in the theory—grievance—is made explicit. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Homicide Studies: An Interdisciplinary & International Journal SAGE

Shared Struggles? Cumulative Strain Theory and Public Mass Murderers From 1990 to 2014:

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SAGE
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ISSN
1088-7679
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1552-6720
DOI
10.1177/1088767918802881
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Abstract

Scholars have urged a shift in research on mass murder from the creation of typologies to theoretically rich, data-driven comparative examinations of the phenomenon. We seek to redress such calls in two ways. First, we analyze a unique sample of public mass murderers through the multistage explanatory model of cumulative strain theory. Second, we use a comparison group of similarly violent offenders—lone actor terrorists—to provide context to our findings. The results demonstrate that cumulative strain theory usefully describes the trajectory toward violence of public mass murderers, more so when a concept implicit in the theory—grievance—is made explicit.

Journal

Homicide Studies: An Interdisciplinary & International JournalSAGE

Published: Oct 13, 2018

Keywords: mass murder; subtypes; school shootings; comparative; methodology; terrorism; strain theory

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