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Author: Robin May Schott

Title: War rape, natality and genocide

Subtitle: -

Journal: Journal of Genocide Research

Volume: 13

Issue: 1-2

Year: 2011

Pages: 5-21

ISSN: 1462-3528 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1469-9494 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | Types: Wartime Rape


Link: Taylor & Francis Online (Restricted Access)


Author: Robin May Schott, Dansk Institut for Internationale Studier (Danish Institute for International Studies)

Abstract: »Feminist philosophy can make an important contribution to the field of genocide studies, and issues relating to gender and war are gaining new attention. In this article I trace legal and philosophical analyses of sexual violence against women in war. I analyze the strengths and limitations of the concept of social death—introduced into this field by Claudia Card—for understanding the genocidal features of war rape, and draw on the work of Hannah Arendt to understand the central harm of genocide as an assault on natality. The threat to natality posed by the harms of rape, forced pregnancy and forced maternity lie in the potential expulsion from the public world of certain groups—including women who are victims, members of the ‘enemy’ group, and children born of forced birth.« (Source: Journal of Genocide Research)


  Introduction (p. 5)
  War rape and genocide: legal perspectives (p. 6)
  War rape, genocide, and social death: ethical philosophical perspectives (p. 10)
  War rape, enforced impregnation, and genocide: political philosophical perspectives (p. 12)
  War rape, natality, and genocide (p. 16)
  Notes and references (p. 17)
  Notes on contributor (p. 21)

Wikipedia: Types of rape: Wartime sexual violence