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Author: Janie L. Leatherman

Title: Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict

Subtitle: -

Place: Cambridge

Publisher: Polity Press

Year: 2011

Pages: 244pp.

Series: War and Conflict in the Modern World

ISBN-10: 0745641873 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-10: 0745641881 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-10: 0745658350 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

ISBN-13: 9780745641874 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780745641881 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780745658353 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century, 21st Century | Types: Wartime Rape


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Author: Janie L. Leatherman, Department of Politics, Fairfield UniversityWikipedia


  Preface and Acknowledgments (p. vi)
  Abbreviations (p. x)
  Chapter One. Ending the Silence (p. 1)
    Conceptualizing sexual violence (p. 9)
    Explaining sexual violence in armed conflict (p. 11)
      Essentialism (p. 13)
      Structuralism (p. 15)
      Social constructivism (p. 17)
    The problem of consent and proving rape (p. 20)
    Ending impunity (p. 25)
    Overview of the book (p. 28)
    Conclusions (p. 30)
  Chapter Two. Dimensions of Sexual Violence in Conflict (p. 32)
    What's normal? The good and bad about norms (p. 33)
    Impact of armed conflicts on civilians: More of the same? (p. 37)
    Crossing thresholds: Impact of sexual violence as a runaway norm (p. 42)
      Threshold 1: Type of sexual violence (p. 42)
      Threshold 2: Taboo targets (p. 50)
      Threshold 3: Oppressed agency (p. 51)
      Threshold 4: Loss of neutrality and safe space (p. 55)
    Conclusions (p. 61)
  Chapter Three. Sexual Violence and the Onset of Armed Conflict (p. 63)
    Gendered nature of structural violence (p. 64)
    Gendered forms of structural violence and its consequences (p. 68)
    Violence against women and girls: Social and cultural practices (p. 72)
    Gendered maneuvers in the pre-staging of armed conflict (p. 79)
    Conclusions (p. 87)
  Chapter Four. Seeking Safe Space (p. 89)
    No safe space at home, school, work, or play (p. 90)
    Join combatants or risk abduction? (p. 92)
    Vulnerability of children (p. 93)
    Strategies of survival (p. 96)
    Dangers in IDP and refugee camps (p. 101)
    When international aid workers become perpetrators (p. 104)
    Persistence of sexual violence in the aftermath (p. 107)
    Conclusions (p. 115)
  Chapter Five. Sexual Violence and the Global Political Economy of War (p. 116)
    Plunder, profit, and sexual violence in Eastern Congo (p. 117)
    Challenges of reining in the violence (p. 123)
    Multinational corporations' networks in war zones (p. 128)
    Shadow construction of hegemonic masculinity in shadow economies (p. 131)
    Hyper-masculinity in war (p. 138)
    Taboo violation (p. 141)
    Women and girls' loss of bodily integrity (p. 145)
    Conclusions (p. 147)
  Chapter Six. From Protection and Accountability to an Ethic of Caring (p. 149)
    Disciplinary functions of sexual violence and its paradoxes (p. 150)
    Gendered backlash or the unsettling of hegemonic masculinity? (p. 157)
    The protection problem (p. 165)
      The role of the Security Council in the protection problem (p. 167)
    Dilemmas of accountability (p. 175)
    Conclusions (p. 181)
  Notes (p. 183)
  Selected Readings (p. 218)
  Index (p. 225)

Description: »This book offers a comprehensive analysis of the causes, consequences and responses to sexual violence in contemporary armed conflict. It explores the function and effect of wartime sexual violence and examines the conditions that make women and girls most vulnerable to these acts both before, during and after conflict. To understand the motivations of the men (and occasionally women) who perpetrate this violence, the book analyzes the role played by systemic and situational factors such as patriarchy and militarized masculinity. Difficult questions of accountability are tackled; in particular, the case of child soldiers, who often suffer a double victimization when forced to commit sexual atrocities. The book concludes by looking at strategies of prevention and protection as well as new programs being set up on the ground to support the rehabilitation of survivors and their communities. Sexual violence in war has long been a taboo subject but, as this book shows, new and courageous steps are at last being taken Ð at both local and international level - to end what has been called the “greatest silence in history”.« (Source: Polity Press)


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Translation: Leatherman, Janie L. Violencia sexual y conflictos armados. Barcelona 2014.

Wikipedia: Wartime sexual violence