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Abstract: School shootings have become more common in the United States in recent years. Yet, as media portrayals of these 'rampages' shock the public, the characterisation of this violence obscures an important point: many of these crimes culminate in suicide, and they are almost universally committed by males. We examine three recent American cases, which involve suicide, to elucidate how the culture of hegemonic masculinity in the US creates a sense of aggrieved entitlement conducive to violence. This sense of entitlement simultaneously frames suicide as an appropriate, instrumental behaviour for these males to underscore their violent enactment of masculinity.

To cite this article: Kalish, Richard and Kimmel, Michael. Suicide by Mass Murder: Masculinity, Aggrieved Entitlement, and Rampage School Shootings [online]. Health Sociology Review: The Journal of the Health Section of the Australian Sociological Association, Vol. 19, No. 4, Dec 2010: 451-464. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=008827323800273;res=IELFSC> ISSN: 1446-1242. [cited 09 Feb 16].

Personal Author: Kalish, Richard; Kimmel, Michael; Source: Health Sociology Review: The Journal of the Health Section of the Australian Sociological Association, Vol. 19, No. 4, Dec 2010: 451-464 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1446-1242 Subject: Masculinity; Case studies; Homophobia; School shootings; Gay men--Suicidal behavior; Mass murder--Psychological aspects; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Department of Sociology, SUNY at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY, USA
(2) Department of Sociology, SUNY at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY, USA

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