When culture talks: honor as a post hoc addition in migrant women’s accounts of violence

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Applied to institute a distinct category of violence, the testimonial format of battered migrant women who escape their families is a recurrent narrative pattern in public discourses on honor-based violence. Through interviews with women categorized as victims of honor-based violence, this essay problematizes the presuppositions marking honor-based violence a distinguishable category of violence including the testimonial format on which it derives. The critique is empirically based on resident-interviews and participant observation in a Danish refuge set to relieve honor-based violence and on resituating the analysis to include the socially, institutionally, nationally, and historically embedded setting of such interviews.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCommunication and Critical/Cultural Studies
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)38-55
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020


  • honor-based violence
  • migrant women
  • framing violence
  • narrative position
  • self-orientalization

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