Anger, Mitigation, and Gender

Jeremy Horder

in Provocation and Responsibility

Published in print October 1992 | ISBN: 9780198256960
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681707 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice

Anger, Mitigation, and Gender

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This chapter explores the links between anger, mitigation, and gender. It has two aims. The first is to search for a context in which to explain the relevance of gender politics to an understanding of the existence and working of provocation as a partial defence to murder. The second is to provide reasons to believe that there is no moral justification for acting on desire to take retribution personally. The first section deals with battered women who kill. The second section considers possessiveness, anger, and retribution, providing reasons why the doctrine of provocation should be abolished from a feminist perspective. The third section, putting forward those reasons, concludes that the doctrine of provocation should be abolished.

Keywords: battered women; mitigation; gender; gender politics; rape; morality; retribution

Chapter.  5821 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Criminal Law

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