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"Shades of foreign evil": "honour killings" and "family murders" in the Canadian press

Shier, Allie and Shor, Eran (2016) "Shades of foreign evil": "honour killings" and "family murders" in the Canadian press. Violence Against Women, 22 (10). pp. 1163-1188. ISSN 1077-8012

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1077801215621176


This article compares murder cases labelled “honour killings” to cases labelled “family/spousal murders” in the Canadian news media, exploring the construction of boundaries between these two practices. We conducted a systematic qualitative content analysis, examining a sample of 486 articles from three major Canadian newspapers between 2000 and 2012. Our analysis shows that “honour killings” are framed in terms of culture and ethnic background, presenting a dichotomy between South Asian/Muslim and Western values. Conversely, articles presenting cases as “family/spousal murders” tend to focus on the perpetrators’ personalities or psychological characteristics, often ignoring factors such as culture, patriarchy, honour, and shame.

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Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2016 13:06
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2024 22:51

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