Tag Archive for research

The Fatherline and the Republic of Cousins

The Fatherline

(Edited to change the findings graphic to something more striking.)

Way back when the thesis that’s now a great chunk of paper on the floor to my right was just a bunch of ideas rotating around my head, I decided that I would take a tack to explain HBV which based in kinship rather than culture.

One of the most important terms I’ve had to learn and use to accomplish this is patriline.

A patriline is:

a system in which an individual belongs to his or her father’s lineage. It generally involves the inheritance of property, names, or titles through the male line. A patriline is literally a father line; one’s patriline is one’s father and his father and his father… and so on….

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Forced marriage risk may be related to birth order

Forced marriage may particularly effect elder sisters

I’ve so far not been using this blog to talk much about my ongoing research, but I had a finding yesterday that was so interesting I can’t resist sharing it.

In my Kurdish language survey, I asked respondents to input details of the marriage of themselves and their siblings, and one of the questions established what kind of consent to marriage was expressed, with four options: forced, fully arranged without consultation, arranged with collaboration, and freely chosen. For the purposes of the graph, I’ve combined forced and fully arranged as ‘low consent’ forms. Read more

Agnation, collectivity and ‘honour’

Now I’ve worked out how to use Garage Band, I can make my presentations available as podcasts as well as slidecasts. So take your pick!

The voice of the fire

Woman's face covered by muslin

The voice of the fire tells the truth saying,
I am not fire.
I am fountainhead.
Come into me and don’t mind the sparks. 

(Rumi 1207-1273)

Women’s suicide and self-injury by burns is a growing issue in many South and Central Asian countries as well as the Middle East. These include Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan. The most common method in these areas is for the victim to soak herself in a fuel like kerosene and then strike a match to ignite the fumes, immolating the entire body.

It’s a problem which is particularly pronounced in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq where survival rates are very low, and where Vian Ahmed Khidir Pasha, a member of the Kurdistan National Assembly, told the Kurdish Human Rights Project that there had been 1711 cases of women’s self-injury using burns resulting in 1500 deaths in 2005. Such figures are only increasing, and as most of the women attempting suicide were in their teens and early twenties (tellingly, around the age of first marriage), the youth of those dying, many of them young mothers, is a huge cost to Kurdish society. To put these figures into context: the KRI has a population of less than 5 million, lower than Scotland, where there are less than a thousand suicide deaths per year across the whole population; the KRI is one of the few countries in the world where the female suicide rate may be higher than the male rate. Read more