Women, violence and gray zones: resolving the paradox of the female victim-perpetrator
Banwell, Stacy (2011) Women, violence and gray zones: resolving the paradox of the female victim-perpetrator. Internet Journal of Criminology. ISSN 2045-6743 (Online)Full text not available from this repository.
This article analyses the conflicting narratives surrounding the case of convicted Canadian offender Karla Homolka. As both a victim and a perpetrator of violent crime Karla’s actions are positioned precariously between activity and passivity. It is precisely because of this blurring of boundaries - between agency and victimization - that her case has received widespread critical discussion. Despite attempts to ‘recuperate’ her narrative (Morrissey, 2003; Thompson and Ricard, 2009), Karla still presents us with a paradox. There is a need then to unpack the relationship between Karla’s victimization (non-agency) and her criminal culpability (agency). This paper will consider whether or not Primo Levi’s (1988) concept of ‘gray zones’ can resolve this paradox.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||women, violence, gray zones, female victim-perpetrator, Primo Levi|
|Subjects:||K Law > K Law (General)|
|School / Department / Research Groups:||School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Department of Law & Criminology|
School of Humanities & Social Sciences
|Last Modified:||03 Apr 2012 13:52|
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