The Perception of Femicide from the Third Party's Perspective: An Analysis on Justice/Injustice in Turkey

Aka A.

SOCIOLOGY MIND, vol.13, no.3, pp.123-144, 2023 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.4236/sm.2023.133008
  • Journal Name: SOCIOLOGY MIND
  • Journal Indexes: Other Indexes
  • Page Numbers: pp.123-144
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


The main purpose of this study is to determine what kind of effect (emotion) the sense of injustice, which is seen as the structural cause of femicide in Turkey, leaves in the social memory and what kind of measures such an effect leads to taking to prevent femicide. In the study , quantitative (number of tweets-14,214 tweets) and qualitative (content of tweets and google questionnaire conducted with 94 people) research methods were used together to analyze the content of the data obtained. Therefore, in the methodology of the study, the texts of the tweets in the sample group were first uploaded to the MAXQDA computer software program, and then justice/injustice, basic principles of justice, reasons for criminal injustice and positive/negative emotions were entered into the system. The main finding of the study is that, due to the violation of basic principles of justice in the Panoptic patriarchal legal system in Türkiye, inadequate sentences given to perpetrators as the representative of Panoptic patriarchal power, on the one hand, encourage other men to resort to lethal violence; on the other hand, it leaves victims (and potential victims) vulnerable to the injustice of condemning them to new victimizations. The third party reacting to this situation is characterized by intense feelings of anger, mistrust, helplessness and sadness, but nevertheless hopeful that justice will be served.

Keywords: Femicide, Panoptic Patriarchal Power, Emotion, Justice