Harrington 2010 Violence

Title Information

Author: Carol Harrington

Title: Politicization of Sexual Violence

Subtitle: From Abolitionism to Peacekeeping

Place: Farnham

Publisher: Ashgate

Year: 2010

Pages: 236pp.

Series: Gender in Global/Local World

ISBN-13: 9780754674580 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781409401933 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century

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Author: Carol Harrington, School of Social and Cultural Studies, Victoria University of Wellington


  List of Abbreviations (p. vii)
  Acknowledgements (p. ix)
  Series Editors' Preface (p. xi)
  Introduction (p. 1)
  1 Documenting Sexual Violence as a Problem of Individual Freedom (p. 11)
  2 Unspeakable Outrages and Expertise on Women's Problems (p. 31)
  3 Atrocity Propaganda, International Organizations and the Science of Peace (p. 51)
  4 Silence on Sexual Violence? World War II and the United Nations Women's Bureaucracy (p. 73)
  5 Pathologizing Unfreedom: Western Cold War Models of Human Rights and Public Mental Health (p. 97)
  6 The Medicalization of Peacekeeping and Government of Sexual and Gender-based Violence (p. 121)
  7 Gender Experts and Gender Police: Policing the Peacekeepers and Empowering Women? (p. 145)
  8 Knowledge and Techniques for Governing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA (p. 169)
  Conclusion (p. 195)
  Bibliography (p. 199)
  Index (p. 227)


»In the 1990s, feminist scholars on the politics of rape experienced a sudden surge of interest in their, until then, marginal field. Why was the 1990s the right time for rape to become an international security problem? Furthermore, why suddenly in the 1990s did rape become problematized as an international issue not just by the feminist fringes of protest movements but also by intergovernmental bureaucracies?
To explore these questions, Carol Harrington traces the historical change in the politicization of rape as an international problem and explains how early international women's organizations gained expert authority on rape by drawing on abolitionist rhetoric of bodily integrity. She discusses why they abandoned their politicization of rape in the inter-war period and why rape only reappeared as an international security question requiring gender expertise on trauma after the Cold War.« (Source: Ashgate)


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