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    Interrogating cultural narratives about ‘honour’-based violence

    Gill, A.K. and Brah, Avtar (2014) Interrogating cultural narratives about ‘honour’-based violence. European Journal of Women's Studies 21 (1), pp. 72-86. ISSN 1350-5068.

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    On 3 August 2012, Shafilea Ahmed’s parents were convicted of her murder, nine years after the brutal ‘honour’ killing. The case offers important insights into how ‘honour’-based violence might be tackled without constructing non-Western cultures as inherently uncivilised. Critiquing the framing devices that structure British debates about ‘honour’-based violence demonstrates the prevalence of Orientalist tropes, revealing the need for new ways of thinking about culture that do not reify it or treat it as a singular entity that can only be tackled in its entirety; instead, it is important to recognise that cultures consist of multiple, intersecting signifying practices that are continually ‘creolising’. Thus, rather than talking purely about culture, debates on ‘honour’-based violence should explore the intersection of culture with gender and other axes of differentiation and inequality.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Forced marriage, ‘honour’-based violence, ‘honour’ killings, intersectionality, Orientalism, violence against women
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2013 14:20
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:08


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