Added: August 17, 2013 – Last updated: October 3, 2015
Author: Gwyn Daniel Bassett
Title: A Discourse Analysis of Rape in War
Subtitle: Case Studies from Bosnia, Burma and Rwanda
Thesis: Ph.D. Thesis, University of Bristol
Supervisors: Judith A. Squires, Jutta Weldes
Pages: viii + 219pp.
OCLC Number: 500267159 – Find a Library: WorldCat
Keywords: 20th Century | African History: Rwandan History; Asian History: Burmese History; European History: Bosnian History | Types: Genocidal Rape / Rwandan Genocide; Types: Wartime Rape / Bosnian War, Internal Conflict in Myanmar
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The first wave of Feminist International Relations (IR) and Gender and IR has demonstrated the importance of gender to IR, and commonly cited the example of rape in war; however, this example has assumed a unified understanding of rape: the reasons men use rape against women are explored as symptomatic, and reinforcing, of patriarchy. This thesis argues that rape must be understood in its local context, and that there is a multiplicity of understandings of rape in war. Rape cannot simply be observed, but must be imposed through language. A positivist framework cannot adequately analyse this multiplicity. The thesis therefore uses a post-positivist framework - specifically a critical discourse analysis informed by Foucault - to problematise rape in war.