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Honour, violence and heteronormativity


Asquith, NL, Honour, violence and heteronormativity, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 4, (3) pp. 73-84. ISSN 2202-7998 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.5204/ijcjsd.v4i3.191


Popular representations of Honour Based Violence (HBV) and honour killings construct this violence as an artefact of an uncivilised code of morality. Here ird, sharaf or izzat and shame are adhered to particular moral codes that are more likely to be found in the Quran. This clichéd version of HBV frames Muslim women’s sexual autonomy as exceptionally regulated, most commonly by male family members with the complicity of female relatives. In its most extreme (and publicly known) form, HBV is epitomised by the ‘honour’ killings that come to the attention of the criminal justice system and, as a consequence, the media. Yet emerging research shows that HBV unfolds through increasingly punitive systems of social punishment, which is neither unique to Islam, nor religious communities more generally. In this paper, it is argued that the construction of HBV as a matter of deviant and antiquated Muslim honour codes is Islamophobic and that a more productive lens through which to understand collective familial violence may lie in the conceptual framework of heteronormativity.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:honour based violence, islamophobia, violence against women, heteronormativity, heterosexist violence, intimate partner violence
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Causes and prevention of crime
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Criminal justice
UTAS Author:Asquith, NL (Professor Nicole Asquith)
ID Code:140848
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Policing and Emergency Management
Deposited On:2020-09-11
Last Modified:2021-10-29
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