Criminalidade e género
: homicídios praticados por mulheres em Angola

  • Maria Luzia Nunes Dumbo

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Crime and gender: Homicides committed by women in Angola is a study that sought to analyse and understand the relationship between gender and crime in Angola. More specifically, it was sought to seek the intrinsic rationale for the perpetration of homicide crimes by women serving their sentences in the main prisons in Angola, through the analysis of their meanings and meanings on crime, through their life trajectories and representations about the logic of action in which their violent behaviour was inserted. The construction of the object of study was organized from the combination of the interactionist theories of deviation and feminist theories in the approach on criminology. An approach to Bantu culture was also made to help explain some of the cultural factors that have influenced homicide crimes. Qualitative methodologies assumed a privileged position because they were adjusted to the complexity of the object being studied, and 61 interviews were carried out on women interned in prisons in 8 of the country's 18 provinces. With regard to data processing, content analysis was used to interpret the contents of speeches. It was possible to understand the existence of four factors directly associated with the interpretation of homicide crimes by women in Angola: the arbitrary aggression that results in homicide; the aggression resulting from belief in witchcraft; homicide crimes resulting from domestic violence and alcohol consumption and, lastly, homicide crimes committed under the influence of excessive alcohol consumption.
Date of Award22 Jul 2019
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorMaria Inês Amaro (Supervisor)


  • Trajectory of life
  • Gender
  • Feminine crime
  • Homicides
  • Bantu culture
  • Angola


  • Doutoramento em Serviço Social

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