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Elliott Leyton

Education

  • B.A., British Columbia, 1961
  • M.A., British Columbia, 1963
  • Ph.D., Toronto, 1972

Position

  • Professor Emeritus

Contact Info

Research Interests

I have devoted most of my career to the anthropological study of varieties of 'social problems' in modern complex societies. During this time, I have completed fieldwork among business people in British Columbia; with Protestant and Catholic communities in Northern Ireland; among dying miners and widows in Newfoundland; with juvenile delinquents in an Atlantic 'reform school'; with Scotland Yard and South Yorkshire police in Britain; and among Medecins sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders emergency medical personnel in Rwanda and Kenya. In 2004, the National Film Board film about my life’s work, The Man Who Studies Murder, was premiered at the Montreal Film Festival, and then aired on national CBC Television’s THE NATURE OF THINGS as a two-part “mini-series”.

Publications

2006
  • "The Carrot and the Stick: Social Change and Tougher Sentencing are both essential in combating violent crime".. The Literary Review of Canada, April

2005

  • Spanish translation of Hunting Humans. Barcelona: ALBA
  • All new revised and updated edition of Hunting Humans. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart

2004

  • "The Ecstasy of Moral Clarity: Doctors Without Borders", In Bruce B. Lawrence and Aisha Karim (eds), The Chain of Violence. Durham: Duke University Press
  • Dying Hard: Industrial Carnage in St Lawrence (revised and updated edition, with illustrations). St John's: Boulder Press

2003

  • "Aggression: Evolutionary and Anthropological Theories", in Eric Hickey (ed), Encyclopedia of Homicide and Violent Crime. Los Angeles: Sage
  • Korean translation of Touched By Fire: 'Doctors without Borders' in a Third World Crisis. Seoul, Korea: Woomul-House Publishing Co.
  • Completely revised, updated and expanded Second Edition of Hunting Humans: The Rise of the Modern Multiple Murderer. New York: Carroll & Graf
  • The Man Who Studies Murder, a National Film Board film on my life's work, released in a two-part mini-series on CBC Television's THE NATURE OF THINGS, European premiere at the French Video Festival in Biarritz, N. American premiere at the Montreal Film Festival, Atlantic Canadian premiere at the Halifax Film Festival, Newfoundland premiere at the Women's Film Festival. Nominated by the Directors' Guild of Canada for 2004's "Outstanding Team Achievement in a Documentary".
  • Violent Crime in Canada", In Miller, Van Esterik and Van Esterik (eds.), Cultural Anthropology, 2nd Canadian Edition. Toronto: Pearson Education Canada

2002

  • Men of Blood: Murder in Everyday Life (with a new preface for the U.S. audience, "Perspectives on America". Toronto: McClelland and Stewart

2001

  • Hunting Humans: Inside the Minds of the Real Life Hannibal Lecters, (With a new preface on the mass media's portrayal of multiple murderers). London: John Blake Publishing
  • Sole Survivor: Children Who Murder Their Families (With a new preface updating familicide). London: John Blake

2000

  • (ed) Serial Murder: Modern Scientific Perspectives. Aldershot, U.K.: Dartmouth/Ashgate Press

1999

  • "The Doctor Is Out". In Utne Reader, No. 94, pp 57-59
  • "Serial and Mass Murderers," in Lester Kurtz (ed), Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace & Conflict (3 vols). New York: Academic Press

1998

  • "Elias and the Study of Homicide", Figurations 9 (May): 6
  • "Hate White People - Beast of the Earth: Mark James Robert Essex", in Michael L. Kurtz (ed), Lousiana Since the Longs: 1960 to Century's End, The Lousiana Purchase Bicentennial Series in Lousiana History, Vol IX. Lafayette, LA: Centre for Lousiana Studies
  • Touched By Fire: 'Doctors Without Borders' in a Third World Crisis. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart

1997

  • Japanese translation of Sole Survivor. Tokyo: Soshisha Books
  • Polish translation of Hunting Humans. Warsaw: Al Fine
  • Polish translation of Sole Survivor. Warsaw: Al Fine

1996

  • Men of Blood: Murder in Everyday Life (Canadian Edition, with an extended foreword on Canadian homicide). Toronto: McClelland and Stewart
  • Dying Hard (new edition). Toronto: Oxford University Press
  • The Myth of Delinquency (new edition). Toronto: Oxford University Press
  • "Second thoughts on theoretical approaches to multiple murder". In Thomas O'Reilly-Fleming (ed), Serial and Mass Murder: Theory, Research and Policy. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press
  • "The rarity of the 'typical' English murderer". In The Psychologist: Bulletin of the British Psychological Society, Vol 9, No 6: 254
  • "Problems in the comparative study of homicide". In Deskundigen en Hun Diagnose, Het Psychiatrisch Juridisch Gezelschap, Nieuwe reeks 7. Gouda Quint, Amsterdam

1995

  • Revised Canadian edition, with a new introduction, Hunting Humans: The Rise of Modern Multiple Murderer. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart
  • Japanese translation of Hunting Humans. Osaka: Jimbun Shoin Publishers
  • Men of Blood: Murder in Modern England, London: Constable

1993

  • British BCA Book Club hardcover editions of both Hunting Humans and Sole Survivor

1992

  • Sole Survivor: Children Who Murder Their Families. Revised edition. New York: Pocket Books
  • (with William O'Grady and James Overton) Violence and Public Anxiety: A Canadian Case. St John's, Nfld.: Institute of Social and Economic Research Press
  • "Memories of Mourne". Anthropology Ireland Vol. 2, No. 1: 10-15

1991

  • Sole Survivor: Children Who Murder Their Families. London: Penguin Books

1990

  • "American Culture Incites Serial Killers." In David Bender and Bruno Leone (eds), Violence in America: Opposing Viewpoints. San Diego: Greenhaven Press
  • Sole Survivor: Children Who Murder Their Families. Toronto: Bantam Seal Books

1989

  • Hunting Humans: The Rise of the Modern Multiple Murderer. Second revised edition. London: Penguin Books

1988

  • Hunting Humans: Inside the Minds of Mass Murderers. First revised edition. New York: Pocket Books

1987

  • Hunting Humans: The Rise of the Modern Multiple Murderer. Reprint of the New York University Press edition. Toronto: Bantam Seal Books

1986

  • "Drunk and disorderly: changing crime in Newfoundland". In J. Rex Clark (ed), Contrary Winds: Essays on Newfoundland Society in Crisis. St John's, Nfld.: Breakwater Books
  • Hunting Humans: The Rise of the Modern Multiple Murderer. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart. Published simultaneously in the United States as Compulsive Killers: The Story of Modern Multiple Murder. New York: New York University Press

1985

  • "Homicide". In The Canadian Encyclopedia Vol 2: 828. Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers

1984

  • "The myth of delinquency". New Society 67: 440-442. Reprinted in The Welfare State and its Clients: A New Society Social Studies Reader, 1984. London: Heinemann. Reprinted in Youth and Delinquency: A New Society Social Studies Reader, 1985. London: Gower House
  • "Universities' position on the employment of Canadian women". Society/Societe 8: 7-8
  • "On academical occupational disease". Society/Societe 8: 10

1983

  • "A social profile of sexual mass murderers". In Thomas Fleming and L.A. Visano (eds), Deviant Designations: Crime, Law and Deviance in Canada. Toronto: Butterworths. Reprinted in RCMP Gazette, 1984. 46: 17-2l. Reprinted in Lorne Tepperman and James Curtis (eds), Readings in Sociology: An Introduction. McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1988

1981

  • "Industrial carnage and social responsibility". In David Coburn et al (eds), Health and Canadian Society: Sociological Perspectives. Pickering, Ont.: Fitzhenry & Whiteside

1980

  • "Bureaucracy and world view". In Alexander Himelfarb and James Richardson (eds), People, Power and Process: A Reader. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson

1979

  • The Myth of Delinquency: An Anatomy of Juvenile Nihilism. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart
1978
  • "The life history in Newfoundland anthropological studies". In N.V. Rosenberg (ed), Folklore and Oral History. St John's, Nfld.: Memorial University Press(and Don Handelman) Bureaucracy and World View: Studies in the Logic of Official Interpretation. St John's, Nfld: Institute of Social and Economic Research Press
1977
  • "Dying by inches with dust in your lungs". New Society 40: 55-57. Reprinted in Medicine and Health: A New Society Social Studies Reader, 1981, London: Heinemann
  • "Public consciousness and public policy". In J. Freedman (ed), Applied Anthropology in Canada. Ottawa: Canadian Ethnology Society
1976
  • "I'm the man and the woman since he got sick". In W.E. Mann and Les Wheatcroft (eds), Canada: A Sociological Profile. (Reprinted from Dying Hard 1975) Toronto: Copp Clark
1975
  • The One Blood: Kinship and Class in an Irish Village. St John's, Nfld.: Institute of Social and Economic Research Press
  • Dying Hard: The Ravages of Industrial Carnage. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart
1974
  • (ed) The Compact: Selected Dimensions of Friendship. St John's, Nfld.: Institute of Social and Economic Research Press
  • "Irish friends and 'friends': the nexus of friendship, kinship and class in Aughnaboy". In Elliott Leyton (ed), The Compact, 1974
  • "Opposition and integration in Ulster". Man, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.) 9: 185-198
1970
  • "Death and authority in the fishing industry". Resurgence 3: 12-13
  • "Spheres of inheritance in Aughnaboy". American Anthropologist 72: 1378-1388
1966
  • "Conscious models and dispute regulation in an Ulster village". Man, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.) 1: 534-542
1965
  • "Composite descent groups in Canada". Man 65: 107-110. Reprinted in C.C. Harris (ed), Readings in Kinship in Urban Society, 1970, London: Pergamon
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