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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/9398

Title: Levirat & Sororat Marriages in Southeastern Turkey: Intact Marriage or Sanctified Incest?
Authors: Sev'er, Aysan
Bagli, Mazhar
Keywords: LEVIRAT, SORORAT, TURKEY, WOMEN, PATRIARCHY, FORCED
Issue Date: May-2006
Publisher: Pristine Publications
Citation: Women's Health and Urban Life, Vol 5 (1), pg. 27-47
Abstract: Forty-five people who were either currently living, or have recently lived in levirat and sororat marriages were interviewed. Sororat refers to a man’s marriage to his deceased wife’s sister and levirat refers to a woman’s marriage to her brother-in-law after the death of her husband. The current paper explores the gendered reactions to tensions and role confusion in these marriages. We observed that both men and women shared the general expectations about women’s traditional roles within marriage. We also observed that family and kin seem to be equally persistent on formulating levirat or sororat types of marriages for widows and widowers. However, men had a ultimate veto power over these arrangements and women did not. Moreover, tensions on women, especially in terms of establishing sexual intimacy with their new partners were traumatic. We argue that material considerations play a primary importance on the continuation of these marriages, despite the problems these marriages entail, especially for women.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/9398
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