Bechtold, Brigitte H.

Dr. Brigitte H. Bechtold is Professor of Sociology and Director of the European Studies Program at Central Michigan University. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bechtold has published on infanticide in France, the economic thought of Virginia Woolf, methodology, and European society. “Infanticide in 19th-Century France: A Quantitative Interpretation” appeared in the Review of Radical Political Economics in 2001. Her books include Economy and Society (1996).

Encyclopedia of Infanticide
2010 0-7734-1402-9
This book includes 166 articles discussing specific issues related to infanticide. Each is cross-referenced with related articles. The volume also contains an extensive bibliography.

Kililng Infants
2006 0-7734-5761-5
Awarded the Adele Mellen Prize for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship

This book contains a collection of twelve essays about the practice of infanticide in different parts of the world and written by women from different academic disciplines, with an introductory chapter that analyzes the origins and development of scholarship on this topic. The book’s essays are divided into four parts that open with brief introductions. Two of these sections are based on common themes of infanticide, and the other two on the applications of similar methodologies.

Part one contains essays that highlight the persistence of race and inequality in shaping the context of infanticide in such diverse terrains as the Caribbean, Australia, and the American South. The second section demonstrates how governments in England, Canada, and the Soviet Union used their authority to control women’s behavior by instituting policies they thought would deter women from committing infanticide. The last two sections contain a variety of essays about infanticide in Africa and the Americas, but are similar in applying the case study method of analysis. The final part demonstrates the effectiveness of using sex ratios and computer data analysis to study infanticide in Asia and western Europe. The book concludes with a lengthy, multidisciplinary bibliography of the infanticide literature.