The Currents of Lethal Violence

An Integrated Model of Suicide and Homicide

By N. Prabha Unnithan, Lin Huff-Corzine, Jay Corzine, and Hugh P. Whitt

Subjects: Criminology
Series: SUNY series in Violence
Paperback : 9780791420522, 230 pages, September 1994
Hardcover : 9780791420515, 230 pages, October 1994

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Table of contents

James F. Short, Jr.



1. To Every Good Thing There Must Be a Beginning
Jay Corzine, Lin Huff-Corzine, Hugh P. Whitt, and N. Prabha Unnithan

2. Old Theories Never Die
Hugh P. Whitt

3. Old Wine in a New Wineskin
Hugh P. Whitt

4. Reinventing the Wheel
Lin Huff-Corzine, Jay Corzine, Hugh P. Whitt, and N. Prabha Unnithan

5. Social-Psychological Underpinnings of the Integrated Model
Hugh P. Whitt

6. The Integrated Model
Hugh P. Whitt

7. Cross-National Patterns of Lethal Violence
N. Prabha Unnithan, Lin Huff-Corzine, and Hugh P. Whitt

8. Deadly Connections n the United States
Jay Corzine and Lin Huff-Corzine

9. Charting the Currents of Lethal Violence
N. Prabha Unnithan, Hugh P. Whitt, Lin Huff-Corzine, and Jay Corzine





Building on past work, the authors outline an integrated model for linking suicide and homicide and show how that research from this perspective can further our understanding of violence. Specifically, they show that research based on this model provides new insights into how structural and cultural factors combine to produce high homicide levels in the American South and cross-national difference in lethal violence rates. In conclusion, they evaluate the model's utility, address possible criticisms of this perspective, and suggest avenues for further investigations of lethal violence.

N. Prabha Unnithan is Associate Professor of Sociology at Colorado State University. Lin Huff-Corzine is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at Kansas State University. Jay Corzine is Associate Professor of Sociology and Hugh P. Whitt is Professor of Sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


"This book is a nice blend of theorizing and empirical assessment. The authors use some sophisticated analysis techniques including nonlinear regression, J. W. betas, Cook's D test for outliers, and ridge regressions. It provides excellent reviews of the theory and literature most relevant to the problems at hand." — Steven Stack, Wayne State University

"This book reviews, defends, and extends an important research and theoretical tradition in the social and behavioral sciences. It makes a valuable contribution not only to that tradition but to general theories of lethal violence. The level of theoretical and methodological sophistication evidenced in the book is exemplary. The authors have done an excellent job of recognizing and overcoming theoretical weaknesses of previous studies that have used the stream of lethal violence analogy." — James F. Short, Jr., Washington State University