Year: 1999 Source: Violence Agaist Women, v.5, no.6, (June 1999), p.641-653 SIEC No: 20050541

Following a brief profile of Asian Indians in the United States, the authors note the continued importance of several religio-cultural norms surrounding marriage, family, & gender relations in this group. The practices of sati & dowry burning are discussed as a backdrop to 2 case studies of wife burning in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. An integrated model of lethal violence is used to analyse these cases & describe some persistent cultural cues that affect the production & direction of lethality. The article concludes with a discussion of the utility of the integrated model in understanding lethal violence against women & possible generational differences in these patterns. (53 refs.)