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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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Warrior Masculinity and Female Victimization

Warrior Masculinity and Female Victimization

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(p.137) Chapter 5 Warrior Masculinity and Female Victimization
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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/9780190468569.003.0005

This chapter completes the reasons-explanation of the psychological factors making honor killing possible. It shows how violence-prone personality is shaped into warrior masculinity in contexts where functioning as a real, honorable man is believed to require the degradation of femininity and violent responses to alleged female misbehavior. This transition from potential aggression into violent action occurs through a learned process called the shame-to-power conversion. The chapter also investigates the behaviors and traits of potential victims, other female family members, and neighbors as facilitators or supporters of honor killing. Attention is given to conflictual arrangements common in honor–shame communities that serve as sure-fail mechanisms; that is, that generate periodic antagonisms that increase risks that females will be violently victimized.

Keywords:   aggression, codependency, dedicated avengers, female victimization, network theory, Pukhtunwali, narcissism, shame-to-power conversion, sure-fail mechanism, warrior masculinity

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