Homicide in China: Theoretical Implications of Cross-Cultural Analysis

Roderic Broadhurst, The University of Hong Kong

The paper will provide a general introduction to an ongoing investigation of homicide in Greater China. Also, a specific description of the nature of homicide in Hong Kong [1989-1998] available from an earlier study is provided and compared with preliminary findings from several Chinese cities participating in ongoing research. The role of gender, intimacy, criminal enterprise and gang/triad activities are examined and deployed to reconsider the relevance of motive and relationship in the context of cultures that stress communitarianism rather than individuality. Problems of comparative research are highlighted and the relevance of lethal violence as a form of specific or symbolic cultural expression is discussed in relation to theories of violence.

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