Cultural Conflict and Cultural Dialogues in the Good Society: The Case of Honor Killings in Sweden
2008 (English)In: Ethnicities, ISSN 1468-7968, E-ISSN 1741-2706, Vol. 8, no 3, 385-404 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Value conflicts involving gender equality are interwoven intocurrent multicultural tensions in many European societies. Theyare at the core of these tensions in Sweden, in which genderequality and principles of individual human rights constitutethe state profile and political identity. In this article, wefocus on three cases of honor killings that became flash pointsfor public debates on "culture and cultures" among politicalparties, immigrant groups and feminists in Sweden. The mediafervor surrounding honour-related violence has provided xenophobicgroups with political opportunities, but at the same time, thepublic debate has given visibility and opened up public spacefor immigrant women's groups. We conclude that the notion ofthe "good society" has kept at bay the recognition of overtlyxenophobic parties, but it has also inhibited open dialogueacross and within majority and minority cultures, which wouldallow for reflections upon the diversity within cultures, markedby religion, gender, class differences and generational conflicts.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 8, no 3, 385-404 p.
culturization, ethnic relations, gender equality, multiculturalism, universalism, xenophobia
Research subject Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-31429DOI: 10.1177/1468796808092449ISI: 000259812000006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-31429DiVA: diva2:276993