Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Cultural implications behind honor killings
by Shaikh, Tayeba, Psy.D., Union Institute and University, 2014, 91; 3637182
Abstract (Summary)

Honor killings are perpetrated for a wide range of offenses in several parts of the world, including marital infidelity, pre-marital sex, flirting, and divorce. This study investigated the opinions of 18 to 22 Muslim American women, born in the United States, aged 25 to 40, of South Asian nationality, regarding their perspectives on honor killing within their religious and cultural communities. Through the use of autoethnography, my study additionally created a personal narrative through having read research, listened to recordings, as well as engagement in interactive interviews on the topic of honor killings. The intent of autoethnography was to acknowledge the inextricable link between the personal and the cultural and to make room for nontraditional forms of inquiry and expression (Wall, 2006). As a first generation Muslim American woman, I explored how personal cultural experiences may have impacted views and reactions to the subject of honor killings. Through structured interviews as well as self-reflective, interactive research process, I aimed to investigate Muslim American women's attitudes and beliefs surrounding this highly sensitive practice of killing women and girls in order to regain family honor.

In order to better understand attitudes and beliefs surrounding honor killings among Muslim women in the United States, this study utilized the methods of structured qualitative interviews with Muslim Americans, as well as an autoethnography portion to help understand and explain my own attitudes and cultural influences regarding this topic. Through the structured interviews, participants answered questions about demographics and discussed their opinions about honor killings.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ossege, Jennifer M.
Commitee: Adam, Najma M., Mehl-Madrona, Lewis
School: Union Institute and University
Department: Psychology Progam: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-B 76/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social psychology, Islamic Studies, Clinical psychology, Gender studies
Keywords: Culture, Education, Honor, Honor killings, Media, Respect
Publication Number: 3637182
ISBN: 978-1-321-19707-5
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