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Palgrave Macmillan

Honor and Violence against Women in Iraqi Kurdistan

ISBN 9781137367006
Publication Date November 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Examining violence against women in the name of honor in Iraqi Kurdistan, this study renders a unique contribution by offering an intersectional perspective. Minoo Alinia reveals the links between destructive, state-sanctioned honor discourse and notions of manhood as they are shaped by a resistance culture dedicated to the struggle against ethnic oppression. Supplying socioeconomic, historical, and political contexts, this book challenges explanations rooted in ideas of individual or cultural pathology. It demonstrates that, in Iraqi Kurdistan, women's bodies have become the battleground for clashes between different masculinities, identity politics, and political projects.

Minoo Alinia is Associate Professor of Sociology at Hugo Valentin Centre, Uppsala University, Sweden and a teacher at Uppsala University's National Centre for Studies of Men's Violence Against Women. She received her PhD in Sociology from Göteborg University, Sweden.

1. Locating the Book
2. Framing the Historical and Political Context of Oppression and Resistance in Iraqi Kurdistan
3. Intersecting Oppression and the Multiplex of Violence against Women
4. Policing Patriarchy: Honour, Violence, and Manhood
5. Women Opposing Violence: Room for Resistance and Spaces of Empowerment
6. Forced or Arranged Marriage and Women's Responses
7. Suicide as Protest
8. Concluding Remarks


'Discussing the intersection of oppressive structures of gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity, and generation, this book offers extensive analyses of the multidimensionality of violence in the name of honor in Iraqi Kurdistan. Interconnecting historical, social, and political aspects, Minoo Alinia highlights the experiences of victims, perpetrators, and activists in an original manner that contributes to deepen knowledge on the complexity of honor related violence, which too often tends to be reduced to a stigmatizing culturalist interpretation.' - Aleksandra Ålund, Professor, REMESO, Linkoping University, Sweden
"This book draws on extensive fieldwork to examine gender violence in Iraqi Kurdistan as it intersects with the multi-layered regional socio-political context. It will prove to be a welcome addition to global gender studies." - Nada Elia, Professor, Antioch University Seattle, USA
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