Shier, A., & Shor, E. (2016). “Shades of Foreign Evil”: “Honor Killings” and “Family Murders” in the Canadian Press. Violence Against Women, 22(10), 1163–1188.
“This article compares murder cases labeled “honor killings” with cases labeled “family/spousal murders” in the Canadian news media, exploring the construction of boundaries between these two practices. We conducted a systematic qualitative content analysis, examining a sample of 486 articles from three major Canadian newspapers between 2000 and 2012. Our analysis shows that “honor killings” are framed in terms of culture and ethnic background, presenting a dichotomy between South Asian/Muslim and Western values. Conversely, articles presenting cases as “family/spousal murders” tend to focus on the perpetrators’ personalities or psychological characteristics, often ignoring factors such as culture, patriarchy, honor, and shame.”
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