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Nuket Kardam is a professor in the Public Administration department at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Professor Kardam is from Turkey and is currently researching the identities of people in her country.  In this video, Professor Kardam talks about “Who is a Turk” and the findings from her ongoing research.

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Nuket Kardam,
Public Administration Professor,
Monterey Institute of International Studies

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Nuket Kardam is a professor in the Public Administration department at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Professor Kardam is from Turkey and is currently researching the identities of people in her country.  In this video, Professor Kardam talks about “Who is a Turk” and the findings from her ongoing research.

Turkey maintains the image of a country bridging the divide between the Middle East and Europe; however, the continued prevalence of honor killings testifies to the difficulty in uprooting traditional patriarchal practices that remain widespread throughout the country. Although the Turkish government has enacted legal reforms – for instance, in 2002 and 2004 – aimed at eradicating the practice, new laws have been mostly ineffective and evidence indicates that both honor killings and the practice of “honor suicides” are actually increasing. My research explores this tension between secular government laws banning honor crimes and the continuation of honor killings within traditional and tribal communities. I argue that despite government efforts to educate the Turkish populace and institute legal reforms, the complex relationship between the cultural, patriarchal, and religious bases of honor killings makes it challenging to eradicate this practice in modern Turkish society.

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Clara Rubin
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