Exploring the cultural context of Honour Based Violence (HBV) from a male perspective in Asian and Middle Eastern communities across the globe

Sharma, Natasha (2015). Exploring the cultural context of Honour Based Violence (HBV) from a male perspective in Asian and Middle Eastern communities across the globe. University of Birmingham. Foren.Psy.D.

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Little psychological research has examined the cultural context of Honour Based Violence (HBV) within South Asian and Middle Eastern communities and the cultural factors that are used as ‘justifications’ for this type of violence. This thesis examines these issues via three approaches; a systematic literature review, an empirical piece of research, and a critique of a psychometric measure. Chapter two explores the attitudes, experiences and beliefs of South Asian and Middle Eastern men, across the globe, regarding HBV to identify themes that are prevalent in the context of this crime. The papers collectively found that male dominance and patriarchy, female chastity, religion and culture, socialization, and the need for education are common themes in the context of HBV. Chapter three investigates the attitudes of British-born young South Asian males toward ‘honour’ and HBV are explored in a qualitative study. Focus groups are analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Four themes are identified that relate to the cultural context of HBV. These are 1) Gendered accountability in honour; 2) The ‘honour code’ – factors that drive HBV; 3) The role of the community and cultural rules; and 4) Fixing ‘honour’. Chapter four presents a critique of the Domestic Abuse, Stalking, Harassment and Honour Based Violence (DASH) risk checklist. It finds that the tool is acutely based on a narrative review of secondary and existing research and lacks evidenced evaluation. Collectively the thesis advances understanding about the cultural context of HBV and forms the basis of preventative work and interventions within British communities where HBV is most prevalent.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Foren.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Foren.Psy.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/5915


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