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Women in the CrossfireUnderstanding and Ending Honor Killing$
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Robert Paul Churchill

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190468569

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190468569.001.0001

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Socialization, Gender, and Violence-Prone Personality

Socialization, Gender, and Violence-Prone Personality

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(p.99) Chapter 4 Socialization, Gender, and Violence-Prone Personality
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Women in the Crossfire
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Robert Paul Churchill

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190468569.003.0004

This is the first of three chapters to explore why honor killings occur in terms of the perpetrators, victims, families, and neighbors caught up in the social practice. This chapter approaches the psychology of honor killing in terms of reasons for key agents’ motives and behaviors—more specifically, the sociocultural roots of expectations about honorable and shameful behavior, responses to shame, and the formation of a personality capable of overcoming constraints on killing. Here the emphasis is on the beginnings of socialization, gender performance, and personality formation, starting with child-rearing and parental practices, as well as adverse life conditions including toxic stress. The chapter proceeds to consider how adversity and toxic stress alter brain architecture and explains how insecure attachment and traumatic bonding may contribute to a violence-prone personality.

Keywords:   attachment, authoritarian parenting, child abuse, child-rearing, circumcision, homosexuality, sex, shame, socialization, violence-prone personality

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