The advantages of qualitative research into femicide

Shalva Weil*

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This article reviews the state of the art of qualitative research on femicide, which, until the publication of this Special Issue, has been extremely sparse. The paper mentions some of the limitations of the qualitative approach, such as time consumption, ethical liabilities, and non-generalizability. However, it advocates qualitative research because of its advantages in capturing the context, describing the experience, identifying the motives, highlighting the relationship between perpetrator and victim, identifying the risk factors, and suggesting apt policies. The article concludes by cautiously recommending a mixed-/merged-methods approach, which, in turn, depends upon the research question and has its own inherent disadvantages.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)118-124
Number of pages7
JournalQualitative Sociology Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2017

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  • Femicide
  • Interviews
  • Mixed-methods
  • Narratives
  • Non-generalizability
  • Perpetrator
  • Policy
  • Qualitative research
  • Survivors
  • Victim


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