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Authors: Cindy S. Snyder, Wesley J. Gabbard, J. Dean May, and Nihada Zulcic

Title: On the Battleground of Women's Bodies

Subtitle: Mass Rape in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Journal: Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work

Volume: 21

Issue: 2

Year: Summer 2006

Pages: 184-195

ISSN: 0886-1099 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1552-3020 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | European History: Bosnian History | Types: Wartime Rape / Bosnian War


Link: SAGE Publications (Restricted Access)



Dean May, Department of Social Work, Western Kentucky University

Abstract: »This article critically reviews the literature pertaining to mass rape during times of war to identify and understand the unique factors that promote it. A greater understanding of these factors is considered a productive initial step toward proffering effective solutions to address this significant problem. The former Yugoslavia, particularly Bosnia-Herzegovina, serves as a case study against which this literature is reviewed. The authors conclude that women's experience of rape in war, like the abuse of women's human rights, is often determined by the intersection of a variety of factors, such as age, race, class, religion, ethnicity, and nationality. Future studies should further explore how these complex variables relate to each other in an attempt to understand the horrific crimes that are often perpetrated against women during wartime.« (Source: Affilia)


  History of Bosnia (p. 184)
  Theories of Wartime Rape (p. 185)
    The Biology-based Theory (p. 185)
    Feminist Theories: The Gender Connection (p. 186)
  Gender Relations in the former Yugoslavia (p. 187)
  The Rise of Nationalism in Yugoslavia (p. 188)
  Rape as a War Strategy (p. 189)
  Implications for Social Work Practive (p. 191)
  Conclusion (p. 193)
  References (p. 193)

Wikipedia: History of Europe: History of Bosnia and Herzegovina | Types of rape: Wartime sexual violence | War: Bosnian War / Rape during the Bosnian War