Title

Triple Entitlement and Homicidal Anger an Exploration of the Intersectional Identities of American Mass Murderers

Publication Date

4-1-2014

Document Type

Article

Abstract

In the Unites States, middle-class Caucasian heterosexual males in their teenage years and in middle age commit mass murder, the killing of at least three victims during a single episode at one or more closely related locations, in numbers disproportionately high relative to their share of the population. Utilizing an intersectional theoretical approach, this article investigates the convergences of (1) white entitlement, (2) middle-class instability and downward mobility in the postindustrial economy, and (3) heterosexual masculinity and its relationship to violence. Such analysis concludes that, among many mass killers, the triple privileges of white heterosexual masculinity which make subsequent life course losses more unexpected and thus more painfully shameful ultimately buckle under the failures of downward mobility and result in a final cumulative act of violence to stave off subordinated masculinity.

Publication Title

Men and Masculinities

Volume

17

Issue

1

First Page

67

Last Page

86

DOI

10.1177/1097184X14523432

Version

pre-print, post-print

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