The Justifiable Homicide Ratio as a Measure of Violent Cultural Orientation

Gretchen Daugherty, University at Albany

Williams and Flewelling proposed the use of the ratio of the number of justifiable homicides to murders and nonnegligent manslaughters as a measure of violent cultural orientation or, at least, the extent to which official justification of intentional killing expresses the cultural approval of violence. This paper presents an assessment of the validity of the justifiable homicide ratio as a measure of violent cultural orientation.

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