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Female Serial Killers In Social ContextCriminological institutionalism and the case of Mary Ann Cotton$
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Elizabeth Yardley and David Wilson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447326458

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447326458.001.0001

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Intersections and institutions: new pathways in making sense of female serial killers

Intersections and institutions: new pathways in making sense of female serial killers

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(p.27) 2 Intersections and institutions: new pathways in making sense of female serial killers
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Female Serial Killers In Social Context
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Elizabeth Yardley

David Wilson

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447326458.003.0002

This chapter proposes a new way of making sense of female serial killers. Firstly, the potential value of an ‘intersectional’ approach, which considers a range of social divisions simultaneously, is considered. Thereafter, the chapter explores institutionalism, an approach putting the social institutions of family, economy, polity, religion, education at the centre of analysis. Criminological engagement with the institutional perspective to date is described and the potential value of such an approach in conjunction with an intersectional outlook is explored in relation to the Mary Ann Cotton case.

Keywords:   Intersectionality, institutionalism, social roles, social institutions

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