Added: May 9, 2015 – Last updated: October 3, 2015


Author: Goran Basic

Title: Stories of Sexualized War Violence after the Bosnian War

Subtitle: -

In: Femicide: Targeting of Women in Conflict. A Global Issue That Demands Action (Vol. III)

Edited by: Michael Platzer and Filip Andrada

Place: Vienna

Publisher: Academic Council on the United Nations Systems

Year: 2015

Pages: 102-105

ISBN-13: 9783200030121 – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | European History: Bosnian History | Types: Wartime Rape / Bosnian War


Link: Lund University Publications (Free Access)


Author: Goran Basic, Sociologiska institutionen (Department of Sociology), Lunds Universitet (Lund University)

Abstract: »The aim of this article is to analyze verbally portrayed experiences of 27 survivors of the 1990’s war in northwestern Bosnia. The focus lies on evaluating interviewees’ description of wartime sexual violence and analyzing discursive patterns that contribute in constructing the phenomenon “sexualized war violence”. My analysis shows that the new social war order normalized the sexualized war violence in society. In many cases, these crimes are committed by neighbors and people known by the victim. After the war, all interviewees described war sexual violence as something morally reprehensible. These narratives paint a picture of the perpetrator as someone who is dangerous, evil and the absolute enemy. This enemy is a real but distant criminal who is seen as a clear threat to the existing social order from before the war.« (Source: Lund University Publications)


  Normalization of Sexual Violence in the War
  Dissociation from the Perpetrator of Sexual Violence after the War
  Concluding Remarks

Wikipedia: Wartime sexual violence: Bosnian War, Rape during the Bosnian War