The Diminished Figure of the Serial Killer in a Confession

Louise Wattis*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Historically, the discipline of criminology has been concerned with offenders and the causes of crime. Criminology’s specific focus on victims, via the sub-discipline of victimology, began in the 1940s with the work of Hans Von Hentig but it gathered momentum in the wake of second wave feminism in the 1970s and feminist influences on criminology. These cultural phenomena helped to identify and refocus attention onto male violence against women and the shortcomings associated with legal and criminal justice responses to domestic and sexual violence. Responding to criticisms that radical criminology did not acknowledge victims of crime, left realist criminologists in the 1990s began to explore the impact crime had in urban areas, including a focus on victims of crime, disorder, and incivilities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSerial Killing on Screen
Subtitle of host publicationAdaptation, True Crime and Popular Culture
EditorsSarah E. Fanning, Claire O’Callaghan
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9783031178122
ISBN (Print)9783031178115, 9783031178146
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2022

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Print)2946-3912
ISSN (Electronic)2946-3920

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