Locating the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’: A Crime of Time and Place?

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Victims and Victimology book series (PSVV)


This chapter explores the social and historical context of the Sutcliffe case, identifying how narratives of political and economic crisis in 1970s Britain combine with cultural conditions associated with northern England such as economic decline, deindustrialisation and working-class masculinity to form the backdrop to these murders and the police investigation. The chapter also draws on the concept of hauntology to highlight how space and place are transformed by violent events. In conclusion, the chapter argues that although misogyny and violence against women may demonstrate culturally-specific features linked to class and locality, patriarchal violence nevertheless transcends the local. Having said that, it is argued that locally and historically-specific conditions can expand understandings of the social and situational nature of violence and murder.


History Culture Masculinity Place Hauntology 


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