Duriesmith 2012 Conflict

Title Information


Author: David Duriesmith

Title: 'The other half on gender' in Sierra Leone's civil conflict

Subtitle: A critical response to John Idriss Lahai's "fused in combat"

Journal: The Australasian Review of African Studies

Volume: 33

Issue: 1

Year: June 2012

Pages: 56-68

ISSN: 1447-8420 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century, 21st Century | Sierra Leonean History | Types: Wartime Rape / Sierra Leone Civil War



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Link: African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific [Restricted Access]

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Author: Academia.edu

Abstract: »This article responds to John Idriss Lahai's article "'Fused in Combat': Unsettling the Gendered Hierarchies and Women's Roles in the Fighting Forces in the Sierra Leone's Civil War," published above in this issue of ARAS, and suggests that a more detailed account of male privilege and oppression is needed when exploring gender relations in combat. It is argued that when analysing gender relations in 'the camp' the focus should not be on how women's actions led to their suffering abuse. Rather, the focus should remain on men's actions as abusers. The explanation of sexual violence in Sierra Leone's civil war is critically explored from a pro-feminist perspective. To do this a clear account of masculinity is needed that can fully understand how gender relations are constructed.« [Source: Australasian Review of African Studies]

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