The Situational Aspects of Gang Homicides: Honor or Dispute?

Shannan M. Catalano, University of Missouri - St. Louis

Previous research has explored the concept of honor as a salient component of gang related violence. This study explores the prevalence of honor in gang and non-gang homicides and asks whether the dynamics are necessarily different from those that characterize dispute related homicides. Using St. Louis homicide data from the years 1990-1995, this research addresses the question of honor versus dispute through quantitative and qualitative methods.

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