Execution by Family: A Theory of Honor Violence

1st Edition

Mark Cooney

April 11, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 240 Pages
ISBN 9780815375135 - CAT# K338598
Series: Routledge Studies in Crime and Society


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Across many parts of the world, violence inflicted in the name of family honor is attracting an increasing amount of attention. Family honor violence, otherwise known as honor-based violence, is physical force inflicted primarily on women for conduct defined as dishonorable. This book explores these conflicts of honor, how they are triggered, how they are handled and why some lead to death. 

Drawing on a range of case studies and employing Donald Black’s concept of social geometry, this book incorporates and goes beyond patriarchy, culture, and kinship to develop a unified theory of family honor violence. This book discusses the "honor belt," a series of countries stretching from North Africa to Southeast Asia, in which similar forms of inequality, patriarchy, group authority and gerontocracy are prevalent and how, within the confines of this inequality, honor violence flourishes. Reviewing survey data and pointing to a multi-pronged, cross-national social movement, this book also discusses the future of honor based violence.

Given the growing awareness of family honor violence, this book will be of interest to anybody concerned with family conflict, violence, crime, and popular morality. This book will be invaluable reading for academics and students in the fields of criminology, criminal justice, sociology, social psychology, and anthropology.

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