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Published: 06 September 2018

352 Pages


ISBN: 9780190468569

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Women in the Crossfire

Understanding and Ending Honor Killing

Robert Paul Churchill

  • A thorough examination of honor-killings — a topic frequently in the news, but little understood — from historical, religious, anthropological, and psychological perspectives
  • Makes use of original research by analyzing a database of honor killing cases, published for the first time
  • Clarifies the meanings of honor in honor-shame communities where honor killings occur, as well as the way they relate to expectations for gender performance and personal identity
  • Presents a causal explanation of the existence and psychology of honor killing drawing extensively on works in gender and feminist studies, as well as psychiatry and psychology
  • Offers extensive recommendations for the short-term protection of girls and women at risk, as well as for moral transformations to bring about the complete end of honor killing as a social practice