Gender and Homicide in Rural Areas

Ginger D. Stevenson, Mississippi State University
William B. Bankston, Louisiana State University

With few exceptions, prior macro level research has been limited in scope to explaining variation in rates of homicide across urban communities. Moreover, few studies in this tradition have disaggregated their analyses by gender, despite the fact that there are considerable discrepancies in rates of male and female participation in violent crime as both victims and offenders. This analysis addresses these two voids in the literature by investigating the covariates of female homicide rates in nonmetrpolitan communities. The objectives of this study are to determine if the predictors of metropolitan homicide rates are generalizable to rural areas, and to evaluate the extent to which these factors can explain variation in rural female homicide.

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