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Family Honour and the Purity of the Family’s Essence: A Relational Models Approach

Family Honour and the Purity of the Family’s Essence: A Relational Models Approach

In cultures where honour is valued, chastity is one of the codes for honour. When this code is violated, the honour of the family is threatened. Relational Models Theory (Fiske, 1992) contributes to an understanding of this phenomenon. It posits that people often represent their families as sharing a common essence whose purity needs to be protected. According to the laws of sympathetic magic, contact and similarity are two conditions through which contamination of the essence... / more

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