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Jeremy Horder

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198256960

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198256960.001.0001

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Anger, Mitigation, and Gender

Anger, Mitigation, and Gender

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Provocation and Responsibility

Jeremy Horder

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the links between anger, mitigation, and gender. It has two aims. The first is to search for a context in which to explain the relevance of gender politics to an understanding of the existence and working of provocation as a partial defence to murder. The second is to provide reasons to believe that there is no moral justification for acting on desire to take retribution personally. The first section deals with battered women who kill. The second section considers possessiveness, anger, and retribution, providing reasons why the doctrine of provocation should be abolished from a feminist perspective. The third section, putting forward those reasons, concludes that the doctrine of provocation should be abolished.

Keywords:   battered women, mitigation, gender, gender politics, rape, morality, retribution

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