The issue of honour crime is much debated in contemporary Turkey as
well as in the Middle East. Honour crime can be perceived as the
murder of a woman by one of her family members in the name of
'redeeming honour of the family.' I intend to bring a
multidimensional approach towards the issue of honor crime to show
the interplay between different discourses on women and family. By
using Foucauldian conceptualization of governmentality, I analyse
the operation of honour at state and governmental levels in order
to construct a portrayal of the cases of honour killings on
historical and theoretical axis. Firstly, my framework provides a
path for understanding the process of how the issue of honour crime
becomes the object of knowledge and how women's bodies appear as
the site of discussions, contestations and negotiations. The second
is how issues of tradition and nationalism come together in the
recent discussions of honour crime. In general, this study opens a
new path for anyone, who is interested in social sciences and
specifically gender studies, and who wants to grasp the interaction
between state politics and sexual violence.
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