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Palgrave Macmillan

'Honour' Killing and Violence

Theory, Policy and Practice

ISBN 9781137289544
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

This interdisciplinary collection provides a compelling analysis of the practices and beliefs that lead to violence against women, men and children in the name of 'honour', with a range of international insights from criminology, psychology, law and history.

The volume advances legal and theoretical debates through the analysis of established research and presents new evidence and insights, addressing key questions such as: What psychological processes are relevant in the motivation of honour violence? Under what historical circumstances, and through what strategies, have honourable masculinity and violence been dissociated? Can honour be reconceptualised in ways that challenge violent practices justified in its name?

By locating 'honour' killing and 'honour' based violence within and beyond debates on violence against women and girls, this collection offers recommendations to inform both theory and practice, making this an essential resource for teachers and students, health professionals, police officers, lawyers, social workers, policy-makers, and activists working against gendered forms of violence.

Aisha K. Gill is an Associate Professor in Criminology at University of Roehampton, London, UK. She has written extensively in the field of gender, victimization and crime control.

Carolyn Strange is Graduate Director and Senior Fellow at Australian National University, Australia.

Karl Roberts is a forensic psychologist and is Professor and Chair of Policing and Criminal Justice at The University of Western Sydney, Australia. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Massachusetts, USA.

Foreword; Professor Lynn Welchman
Notes on the Contributors
1. Introduction: 'Honour' and 'Honour'-based Violence: Challenging Common Assumptions; Aisha K. Gill
2. Domestic Violence or Cultural Tradition? Approaches to 'Honour Killing' as Species and Sub-species in English Legal Practice; Rupa Reddy
3. Adjusting the Lens of Honour-based Violence: Perspectives from Euro-American History; Carolyn Strange
4. Towards a Psychologically Oriented Motivational Model of Honour Based Violence; Karl Roberts
5. Honour as Property; Johanna Bond
6. (Dis)honour, Death and Duress in the Courtroom; Jocelynne A. Scutt
7. Conceptualising HBV in Scandinavian Law Enforcement; Anja Bredal
8. 'If there were no khaps, …everything will go haywire…young boys and girls will start marrying into the same gotra'- Understanding khap-directed Honour Killings in North India; Suruchi Thapar-Björkert
9. 'All they think about is honour': The Murder of Shafilea Ahmed; Aisha K. Gill
10. Same Problem, Different Solutions: The Case of 'honour killing' in Germany and Britain; Selen Ayirtman Ercan
11. No Place in Canada': Triumphant Discourses, Murdered Women, and the 'Honour Crime'; Dana Mohammed Olwan

Anja Bredal, Institute for Social Research, Norway
Selen Ayirtman Ercan, University of Canberra, Australia
Dana Mohammed Olwan, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia
Rupa Reddy, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), UK
Jocelynne A. Scutt, University of Buckingham, UK
Suruchi Thapar-Björkert, University of Uppsala, Sweden


'Honour' Killing and Violence is an important resource for academics, practitioners and students working in the areas of gender-based violence internationally and within Britain. This well-written volume provides coverage of a number of important issues and contexts, including law and policy; and community and state responses in Britain, Europe, India and North America. It also benefits from its interdisciplinarity: the contributors use skills from a range of academic disciplines, including history, economics, law, criminology and psychology, to look at this issue, and together they provide a coherent and timely dialogue that will provide fresh and fascinating insight into the topical issue of 'honour' killing and violence.' – Dr Geetanjali Gangoli, Centre for Gender and Violence Research, University of Bristol, UK
'The chapters in 'Honour' Killing and Violence bring an invaluable, interdisciplinary perspective to a topic that incites debates characterised more by heat than light. The contributors to this volume do not shy away from these controversies, which is what makes it so timely. At the same time, they do not allow those controversies to limit their analyses to well-trodden ground and blind alleys, which is why the volume is so illuminating. The chapters rely on original empirical evidence and argumentation informed by anthropology, criminology, legal reasoning, history, political science and psychology to urge a multilevel, multicausal approach to understanding honour violence and responses to it. No matter how much you think you know about 'honour'-based violence, you will learn something new and question some of your assumptions about it by reading this book.' – Professor Rosemary Gartner, Centre for Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies, University of Toronto, Canada
'A worldwide investigation into a worldwide problem – Gill, Strange and Roberts' collection is an excellent place to learn about current international efforts in the area of 'honour' killings and violence.' – Professor Nicole Westmarland, Co-Director, Durham Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse, University of Durham, UK
'The contributions in this book skilfully analyse the intersectionality between gender, discrimination, violence and cultural notions of honour, and their interrelatedness in the killings of women. Gender-related killings are not isolated incidents that arise suddenly and unexpectedly, but are often the ultimate act of violence in a continuum of gender-based discrimination and violence.' – Ms Rashida Manjoo, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, South Africa
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