Social Stress and Violence in Israel: A Macro Level Analysis

  • Simha F. Landau


My first large-scale study in criminology, conducted with the cooperation of Israel Drapkin, was on “Ethnic Patterns of Homicide in Israel” (Landau and Drapkin, 1968; Landau, Drapkin and Arad, 1974; Landau, 1975a). Needless to say, Marvin Wolfgang’s pioneering work on “Patterns in Criminal Homicide” (Wolfgang, 1958) was a major inspiration for this study and, in practice, served as its main blueprint. His careful analysis of personal, situational, and interactional variables laid the foundation for the phenomenological approach to the analysis of crime. This approach was later adopted by many other researchers, including Israeli criminologist Menachem Amir in his study on forcible rape (Amir, 1971).


Violent Crime Family Violence Jewish Population Homicide Rate Central Bureau 
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  • Simha F. Landau
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  1. 1.The Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael

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