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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17541

Title: The dark faces of poverty, patriarchal oppression, and social change: Female suicides in Batman, Turkey.
Authors: Sev'er, Aysan
Erkan, Rüstem
Keywords: suicide
gender
patriarchy
poverty
violence against women
Issue Date: Apr-2004
Citation: Women and International Development Journal, 282: 1-24.
Abstract: The paper first discusses the traditional theories of suicide and then reports the findings of an exploratory study of suicides and attempted suicides in Batman, Turkey. In the year 2000, many more women than men killed themselves in Batman. Of the 31 suicides 22 (71%), and of the 99 attempted suicides, 85 (86%) were women. Effects of Batman’s anomic urbanization, ensuing poverty and patriarchal social conditions are discussed. It is concluded that the traditional theories of suicide are not capable of accounting for high rates of female suicides, and the feminist literature on patriarchy has a lot to offer in both understanding and suggesting changes in order to remedy self-destruction proclivities of girls/women.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/17541
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