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Gender, Violence, and Human SecurityCritical Feminist Perspectives$
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Aili Mari Tripp, Myra Marx Ferree, and Christina Ewig

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770207

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770207.001.0001

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From German Bus Stop to Academy Award Nomination

From German Bus Stop to Academy Award Nomination

The Honor Killing as Simulacrum

(p.163) 7 From German Bus Stop to Academy Award Nomination
Gender, Violence, and Human Security

Katherine Pratt Ewing

NYU Press

This chapter addresses culturally based insecurities, focusing on honor killing in Germany. In the past few years, honor crimes have become globally famous among activists and scholars concerned about the rights and security of Muslim women. Indeed, media visibility of honor killing is reinforced by the decision by organizations such as the World Health Organization to make “honor killing” a focal point for their campaigns. Through this rhetorical move, women's murders have been categorized as manifestations of Muslim tradition, fuelling public anger against Turkish immigrants in Germany and other parts of Europe. Thus, this campaign to protect Muslim women has itself become a source of insecurity, both for Muslim minorities who face growing stigmatization and for a European public whose perspectives on Muslims are distorted by fear.

Keywords:   honor killing, honor crimes, Muslim women, Muslim tradition, Turkish immigrants, Muslim minorities

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