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Editors: Victoria Sanford, Katerina Stefatos, and Cecilia M. Salvi

Title: Gender Violence in Peace and War

Subtitle: States of Complicity

Place: New Brunswick, NJ and London

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Year: 2016

Pages: 226pp.

Series: Genocide, Political Violence, Human Rights

ISBN-13: 9780813576183 (hardcover) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780813576176 (paperback) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780813576190 (EPUB) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780813576206 (PDF) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

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



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Victoria Sanford, Department of Anthropology, Lehman College, City University of New York

Katerina Stefatos, Program in Hellenic Studies, Columbia, ResearchGate


  Acknowledgements (p. )
  Introduction (p. 1)
  Part I: State Violence, Gender, and Resistance
  1 Subaltern Bodies: Gender Violence, Sexual Torture, and Political Repression during the Greek Military Dictatorship (1967–1974) (p. 19)
Katerina Stefatos
  2 Sexual Violence as a Weapon during the Guatemalan Genocide (p. 34)
Victoria Sanford, Sofia Duyos-Álvarez, and Kathleen Dill
  3 Gender, Incarceration and Power Relations during the Irish Civil War (1922–1923) (p. 47)
Laura McAtackney
  4 Resistance and Activism against State Violence in Chiapas, Mexico (p. 64)
Melanie Hoewer
  Part II: The Continuum of Sexual Violence and the Role of the State
  5 Medical Record Review and Evidence of Mass Rape during the 2007/2008 Period of Post-Election Violence in Kenya
Mike Anastario
  6 The Force of Writing in Genocide: On Sexual Violence in the al-Anfal Operations and Beyond (p. 102)
Fazil Moradi
  7 Sexualized Bodies, Public Mutilation, and Torture at the Beginning of Indonesia’s New Order Regime (1965–66)
Annie Pohlman
  Part III: State Responses to Gender Violence
  8 Advances and Limits of Policing and Human Security for Women: Nicaragua in Comparative Perspective (p. 133)
Shannon Drysdale Walsh
  9 The State to the Rescue? The Contested Terrain of Domestic Violence in Post-Communist Russia (p. 146)
Maija Jäppinen and Janet Elise Johnson
  10 The Absent State: Teen Mothers and New Patriarchal Forms of Gender Subordination (p. 158)
Serena Cosgrove
  11 Anti-Trafficking Legislation, Gender Violence, and the State (p. 171)
Cecilia M. Salvi
  Conclusion: Sex at the Security Council: Reflections on the Women, Peace and Security Agenda (p. 184)
Kimberly Theidon
  Notes on Contributors (p. 199)
  Index (p. 203)


»Reports from war zones often note the obscene victimization of women, who are frequently raped, tortured, beaten, and pressed into sexual servitude. Yet this reign of terror against women not only occurs during exceptional moments of social collapse, but during peacetime too. As this powerful book argues, violence against women should be understood as a systemic problem—one for which the state must be held accountable.
The twelve essays in Gender Violence in Peace and War present a continuum of cases where the state enables violence against women—from state-sponsored torture to lax prosecution of sexual assault. Some contributors uncover buried histories of state violence against women throughout the twentieth century, in locations as diverse as Ireland, Indonesia, and Guatemala. Others spotlight ongoing struggles to define the state’s role in preventing gendered violence, from domestic abuse policies in the Russian Federation to anti-trafficking laws in the United States.
Bringing together cutting-edge research from political science, history, gender studies, anthropology, and legal studies, this collection offers a comparative analysis of how the state facilitates, legitimates, and perpetuates gender violence worldwide. The contributors also offer vital insights into how states might adequately protect women’s rights in peacetime, as well as how to intervene when a state declares war on its female citizens.« (Source: Rutgers University Press)

Wikipedia: Types of rape: Wartime sexual violence