For whose honour? An investigation into honour based violence

Salman, Amna (2021). For whose honour? An investigation into honour based violence. University of Birmingham. Foren.Psy.D.

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Honour based violence (HBV) is a form of gender-based violence perpetrated against a victim, most often a female relative, with a view to restore honour. Though HBV is receiving more media and academic attention, there is little consensus on the definition or characteristics of HBV, or how it fits into the wider spectrum of violence against women and girls (VAWG). The current thesis aims to explore the topic of HBV. Chapter One provides an introduction to the topic of VAWG. The need for an intersectional perspective and ecological framework in understanding the various factors that contribute to different forms of VAWG is discussed, as well as interpretations of honour and how it relates to VAWG. In Chapter Two, a systematic literature review examines research related to attitudes towards HBV in Middle Eastern and South Asian populations. The findings highlighted several factors (e.g. gender, education, socioeconomic status) that influence attitudes towards HBV. Chapter Three presents a critique of the PATRIARCH risk assessment, emphasising some of the problems in assessing risk of HBV without a consistent definition or understanding of its characteristics in relation to other forms of VAWG. Chapter Four presents a qualitative research study using thematic analysis (TA) to explore the portrayal of femicide in the UK media by comparing news reports on two forms of femicide, honour killing (HK) and intimate femicide (IF). The results outlined similar and differential themes in reporting, highlighting a focus on culture in reporting of HK and a focus on individual traits and circumstances in reporting on IF. Finally, Chapter Five presents a discussion of the main findings and conclusions drawn across the thesis, along with recommendations for future research and practice that could help to further our understanding of VAWG across societies.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Foren.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Foren.Psy.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology, Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare


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