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Author: Jennifer Goett

Title: Securing social difference

Subtitle: Militarization and sexual violence in an Afro-Nicaraguan community

Journal: American Ethnologist: Journal of the American Ethnological Society

Volume: 42

Issue: 3

Year: August 2015 (Published online: August 15, 2015)

Pages: 475-489

ISSN: 0094-0496 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1548-1425 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 21st Century | American History: Nicaraguan History


Link: Wiley Online Library (Restricted Access)


Author: Jennifer Goett, James Madison College, Michigan State University

Abstract: »Renewed violence in Nicaragua in the aftermath of the 1980s Contra War is tied to the drug trade, drug war militarization, and the rise of the postwar security state. State sexual violence in an Afro-Nicaraguan community under counternarcotics military occupation vividly demonstrates this linkage. I argue that state sexual violence in this case has served as a mechanism for asserting mestizo state sovereignty in a minoritized security zone. The forms of racial and patriarchal power that enabled the violence permeate the social body and structure political life in Nicaragua, and their diffuse nature has made it difficult for local people to find political redress for the abuses of state power that occurred in their community. Politically engaged feminist ethnography can illuminate the relationship between state security projects, preexisting social hierarchies, and endemic forms of insecurity and violence that remain difficult to politicize in postwar Central America.« (Source: American Ethnologist)


  Experiencing the state (p. 477)
  Community patriarchy and women's resistance (p. 480)
  Politicizing sexual violence (p. 481)
  Confronting the state (p. 483)
  Redress? The IACHR hearing (p. 484)
  Conclusion (p. 486)
  Notes (p. 487)
  References cited (p. 488)

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