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Eurasian Journal of Anthropology

Yıl 2011 , Cilt 2 , Sayı 2

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Tradition, society and the concept of honor: stories on implementation

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Department of Sociology, Gaziantep University1
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This article tries to explore the many sides of traditional and patriarchal mentalities in Turkey regarding women and honor. It will discuss the importance of patriarchal implementations of power that construct gender and gender's function amongst traditional or tribal communities in the southeast of Turkey. We will also examine the sovereignty of the hegemony of the male perspective in these societies' value systems. In spite of the regional, economic and social diversity of Turkey, it is clear that religious values, regional traditions and ethnic beliefs all influence the construction of female gender roles, producing many similarities concerning the social status of women throughout Turkey's south-eastern and eastern rural areas. These gender constructions establish very serious segregations and inequalities within the public/ private field in the name of "honor." Through legal codes, tribal laws, customs or traditional arrangements, we can witness the patriarchal dominance that occurs in the case of male-female relationships. The women who have suffered under these patriarchal constructions of gender tell stories of suppression and violence under the real side of honor. The women's stories presented in this article are from Kardam's (2005) study and KAMER's (Women's Center) report books (2005, 2006), which provide copious real-life examples of violence against women in the name of honor.

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