Honor as Property

58 Pages Posted: 15 May 2012

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Johanna Bond

Washington and Lee University - School of Law

Date Written: May 14, 2012


This Article is the first to use a property lens to explore the social construction of honor within legal systems around the world. The Article makes the claim that the law in many countries has implicitly treated honor as a form of property and has made legal and social allowances for men who seek to reclaim honor property through violence. The Article expands the boundaries of the existing scholarship concerning honor-related violence by exploring the intersections between social constructions of honor and social constructions of property. Using a property lens to analyze the relationship between honor, patriarchal control, and law provides a deeper understanding of the motivations for this form of gender-based violence. The Article also assesses the implications of this new theoretical model and concludes that honor must be reframed to position women as potential holders of honor property and to disassociate honor from the social regulation of women’s sexuality.

Keywords: Women, honor, property, feminism

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K33

Suggested Citation

Bond, Johanna, Honor as Property (May 14, 2012). Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, Forthcoming, Washington & Lee Legal Studies Paper No. 2012-21, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2055326

Johanna Bond (Contact Author)

Washington and Lee University - School of Law ( email )

Lexington, VA 24450
United States

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