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Parricide and Violence Against Parents throughout History

(De)Constructing Family and Authority?

  • Marianna Muravyeva
  • Raisa Maria Toivo
  • Combines methodologies from history and criminology to take an interdisciplinary approach

  • Challenges traditional historiographical and geographical boundaries

  • Explores how the interpretation of violence against parents changes in different cultural contexts


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

About the editors

Raisa Maria Toivo is Academy Research Fellow at the University of Tampere, Finland. She works on the history of gender, violence and witchcraft and religion. Her publications include Witchcraft and Gender in Early Modern Society (2008) and Faith and Magic in Early Modern Finland (2016).

Marianna Muravyeva is Professor of Law at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia. She works on gender equality, legal theory, history of law, criminology and gender-based violence. Her publications include Domestic Disturbances, Patriarchal Values: Violence, Family and Sexuality in Early Modern Europe (2015), Women’s History in Russia: (Re)Establishing the Field (2014) and Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe (2012). 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Parricide and Violence Against Parents throughout History
  • Book Subtitle (De)Constructing Family and Authority?
  • Editors Marianna Muravyeva
    Raisa Maria Toivo
  • Series Title World Histories of Crime, Culture and Violence
  • Series Abbreviated Title World Histories of Crime, Culture and Violence
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-349-94996-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-95700-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-94997-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 267
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Early Modern Europe
    Social History
    Crime and Society
    History of Modern Europe
    History of Medieval Europe
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