The relationship between crime and social media has become an increasingly important topic in a networked world. However, the use of social media in relation to violent crime is little understood. This unique book, by an expert in the field, addresses this gap by analysing what those involved in homicide do with social media.
Using three international cases in which perpetrators confessed to homicide on social media, it investigates the practices of those involved, providing a groundbreaking conceptual framework of use to criminologists. It argues that such confessions convey important insights not only into the individual offender but also the social and cultural context of contemporary homicide.
Dr Elizabeth Yardley is Associate Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University. Her research explores unusual types of homicide and the social context in which these crimes occur. She has successfully publicised her research to a wide range of people via her blogposts on contemporary criminological issues at http://blogs.bcu.ac.uk/views/author/id113382/ She tweets as @ProfLizYardley
Introduction: “Facebook Murder” – the journey begins;
PART ONE: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Digital Communication Media in Homicide;
Connecting in Contemporary Society: Why care about communication technology?;
Mind the Gap: Communication technology in homicide;
Approach to the Study;
PART TWO: Exploring Digital Communication Media in Homicide;
Behind Closed Doors? 1: Domestic homicide based on sexual intimacy;
Behind Closed Doors? 2: Domestic homicide based on family intimacy;
Death on the Streets: Confrontational homicide;
Beyond the Headlines: Deviant homicide;
PART THREE: Making sense of digital communication media in homicide and beyond;
Conclusion: Communication media and homicide – where now?.
"In this revealing study of media technology and homicide, Yardley opens up a whole new field of study. A genuine pathbreaker for today’s criminologists, social scientists, practitioners and policymakers." Steve Hall, Professor of Criminology, Teesside University