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FY 2012/2013 Research Topic: C-13
Family and Sexual Honor among the Urban Poor in Turkey


In Turkey, sexual honor (namus) has been discussed mainly by feminist scholars, with a special focus on “honor killing.” In these discussions, sexual honor has been recognized as an object that should and can be overcome by modernization and education. Yet, sexual honor is a system of value related with the everyday life of people, and it cannot simply be reduced to “honor killing”; although “honor killing” is the most violent manifestation of sexual honor. Nor it is something unchangeable that exists outside the context of everyday life. This study aims to extend the range of the discussion on sexual honor from “honor killing” to gender and family relations. It also aims to examine how the concept of sexual honor is negotiated and reorganized by people. To achieve this, the study uses fieldwork conducted in the low-income district of Istanbul to examine how recent political and economic change has affected people’s understanding of sexual honor, and accordingly their gender and family relations.


April 2012 - March 2013

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer/Researcher ] MURAKAMI Kaoru


  • First Year: Ajia Keizai