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Forced Marriage and Honour Killings in Britain : Private Lives, Community Crimes and Public Policy
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This book explores the contemporary phenomenon of forced marriage and â€˜honourâ€™ killings in Britain. Set against a background of increasing â€˜honourâ€™-based violence within the countryâ€™s South Asian and Muslim Diasporas, the book traces the development of the â€˜honourâ€™ question over the past two decades. It accordingly witnesses unprecedented changes in public awareness and government policy including ground-breaking â€˜honourâ€™-specific legislation and the criminalisation of forced marriage. All of which makes Britain an important context for the study of this now indigenous and self-perpetuating social problem. In considering the scale of the challenge and its underlying causes, attention is paid to the intersections of gendered power structures that disadvantage female members of â€˜honourâ€™ cultures as well as feminist theories that seek to explain them. The book features five key case-studies of â€˜honourâ€™ killings and draws from a wide range of narratives including those of â€˜honourâ€™ violence survivors, grassroots service providers and legislators. Such myriad of perspectives reveals the complexity of the â€˜honourâ€™ issue and the deep ideological divisions that characterise it. With the UKâ€™s multiculturalist discourse unable to reconcile protecting patriarchal minority cultures with safeguarding gender equality and human rights, the book raises fundamental questions about the countryâ€™s future direction. Following a long trend of state-sponsored integrationist policies, the governmentâ€™s response to the â€˜honourâ€™ question points decisively in the direction of a â€˜post-multiculturalâ€™ British nation.
Number of Pages: 170
Genre: Social Science, Freedom + Security / Law Enforcement
Sub-Genre: Criminology, Public, Gender Studies
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Christina Julios
Street Date: August 14, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-9082
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