Parricide and Violence Against Parents throughout History

(De)Constructing Family and Authority?

  • Marianna Muravyeva
  • Raisa Maria Toivo

Part of the World Histories of Crime, Culture and Violence book series (WHCCV)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Marianna Muravyeva, Raisa Maria Toivo
    Pages 1-9
  3. Normative Concepts

  4. Historicising Violence Against Parents: Localities and Identities

  5. Struggling with Parental Authority in Early Modern and Modern Societies

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 263-267

About this book


This book combines the approaches of history and criminology to study parricide and non-fatal violence against parents from across traditional period and geographical boundaries, encompassing research on Asia as well as Europe and North America. Parricide and non-fatal violence against parents are rare but significant forms of family violence. They have been perceived to be a recent phenomenon related to bad parenting and child abuse often in poorer socioeconomic circumstances – yet they have a history, which provides insights for modern-day explanation and intervention. Research on violence against parents has concentrated on child abuse and mental illness but, by using a rich array of primary and secondary documents, such as court cases, criminal statistics, newspaper reports, and legal and medical literature, this book shows that violence against parents is also shaped by conflicts related to parental authority, the rise of children’s rights, conflicting economic and emotional expectations, and other sociohistorical factors.


crime childhood family parenthood delinquency

Editors and affiliations

  • Marianna Muravyeva
    • 1
  • Raisa Maria Toivo
    • 2
  1. 1.University of TampereTampereFinland
  2. 2.University of TampereTampereFinland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-94996-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-94997-7
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