Gender Inequality and Other Macro-Social Effects on Femicide Rates

Jo-Ann Della-Giustina, City University of New York

This theoretical paper examines several macro-social structural theories of femicide (homicide of women). It looks at research that has examined gender inequality as a possible motivating factor for the femicide rate and proposes the intersectionality theory as an alternative. Intersectionality argues that gender, race, and class disparities affect violence against women of color. Can that same theory be ued to explain violence against white women? Also, using community instability as a possible moderating factor will be discussed.

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