Domestic Violence in the U.S. and the Middle East
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This paper describes dowry deaths, ritualized abuse and socially and religiously approved or sanctioned violence. The paper looks at the considerable problem of domestic abuse in the U.S. but points out that domestic violence laws are enforced and are socially accepted. The paper contrasts this to the Middle East where domestic violence is an institutionalized form of control accepted by society.
From the Paper:"In differing contexts, can violence against a family member, particularly of that by a husband against a wife, ever be an acceptable element of culture? Perhaps not, but there is overwhelming evidence that points to the fact that domestic violence is a commonality in both the Western and Eastern worlds. Though our popular culture generally demonstrates a great deal of intolerance towards domestic violence, it is a popularized method of exerting control among certain American sub-cultures, and is a fixture in many families regardless of any demographic factor. In our courts, communities, and churches, people stand up and speak out against such violence. In general, we as a people do not accept publicly or privately the destruction of another's life within the domestic setting. American domestic violence seems to be primarily an assertion of power, of dominance. Though much of the same can be said about the cultures and countries of the Middle East, there are striking differences. Throughout the Middle Eastern nations, from Israel to India, domestic violence that frequently leads to death is often given an excuse validated by the popular culture. Brides who bring a less than satisfactory dowry into a family, who disappoint the husband, or who bring perceived shame to a family or husband are often tortured and/or killed by the offended family or husband."
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