On honour, culture and violence against women in black and minority ethnic communities

Aisha K. Gill, Samantha Walker

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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
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Emerald Handbook of Feminism, Criminology and Social Change
EditorsKate FitzGibbon, Sandra Walklate
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781787699557
ISBN (Print)9781787699564
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2021


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