The Many Faces of Violence: A Theoretical and Statistical Comparison of Homicides, Suicides, and Motor Vehicle Fatalities

Mahesh K. Nalla, Alexander Alvarez

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Homicide as a form of lethal violence has occupied a dominant place in criminological research over several decades. Researchers have explained the causes of homicide from various theoretical frameworks. Two other forms of lethal violence, namely suicide and motor vehicle fatalities, have been largely ignored. This study explores the trends in three forms of violent deaths namely, homicide, suicide, and motor vehicle fatalities in Phoenix, Arizona for the period 1950–1988. These three forms of violence have been tested from two dominant theoretical perspectives, namely social disorganization and social conflict. The findings from our study suggest that the social conditions which influence homicide are the same as those that influence other forms of lethal violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-31
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 1995


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Law
  • Sociology and Political Science

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