Bourke 2013 Rape

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Author: Joanna Bourke

Title: Wartime Rape

Subtitle: The Politics of Making Visible

In: Liberal Democracies at War: Conflict and Representation

Edited by: Andrew Knapp and Hilary Footitt

Place: London and New York

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Year: 2013

Pages: 135-156

ISBN-13: 9781441168719 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Types: Wartime Rape / First World War, Second World War, Vietnam War



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Abstract: »Joanna Bourke, examining western liberal narratives of rape and sexual abuse in the Second World War and Vietnam, argues that the framings adopted served to explain, and hence decriminalize, sexual violence, focusing on the reasons that it had taken place, rather than the specifics of the abuse itself. What marks these presentations is the implicit assumption that sexual crimes committed by western servicemen are isolated aberrations, wholly incidental to the mainstream discourse of liberal war making and quite different from the mass rapes perpetrated by other military forces, in, for example, Nanking or Berlin or Rwanda. By pathologizing the perpetrator, both victim and crime become invisible.« [Source: Andrew Knapp and Hilary Footitt. »Introduction.« Liberal Democracies at War: Conflict and Representation. Edited by Andrew Knapp et al. London 2013: 9]

Wikipedia: Vietnam War, War rape, World War I, World War II


Added: October 19, 2013 | Last updated: October 19, 2013