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On Honour, Culture and Violence Against Women in Black and Minority Ethnic Communities

The Emerald Handbook of Feminism, Criminology and Social Change

ISBN: 978-1-78769-956-4, eISBN: 978-1-78769-955-7

Publication date: 2 July 2020

Abstract

Although this chapter situates all violence against women as a human rights issue, it emphasises ‘culturalised’ forms of this violence, such as honour-based violence/abuse, forced marriage and female genital mutilation. The authors draw upon their respective research to highlight how these forms of gendered violence have been subjected to a process of culturalisation. The chapter shows that while this process has raised awareness of previously under-researched forms of abuse and highlighted some of the contextual differences between women’s experiences of violence more broadly, its overemphasis on culture and cultural pathology has resulted in policy and legislative responses that do not always benefit victims. Ultimately, this chapter aims to problematise ‘culturalised’ understandings of violence in diverse communities and to show how current policy, legislative and support responses fail to adequately address the intersectional needs of black and minority ethnic victims/survivors.1

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Gill, A.K. and Walker, S. (2020), "On Honour, Culture and Violence Against Women in Black and Minority Ethnic Communities", Walklate, S., Fitz-Gibbon, K., Maher, J. and McCulloch, J. (Ed.) The Emerald Handbook of Feminism, Criminology and Social Change (Emerald Studies in Criminology, Feminism and Social Change), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 157-176. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-78769-955-720201014

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