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Author: Miriam Ticktin

Title: The Gendered Human of Humanitarianism

Subtitle: Medicalising and Politicising Sexual Violence

Journal: Gender & History

Volume: 23

Issue: 2

Year: August 2011

Pages: 250-265

ISSN: 0953-5233 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1468-0424 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century, 21st Century | African History: Congolese History | Types: Wartime Rape / Second Congo War



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Author: Miriam Ticktin, Department of Anthropology, The New School

Abstract: »This article examines the relationship between gender and the human through the lens of humanitarianism, whose key mission is to protect 'humanity'. More specifically, it traces the recent history of the entry of gender-based violence into the medical humanitarian portfolio, quickly becoming the poster-child for humanitarian aid. The article argues that this unprecedented attention to gender-based violence, and its incorporation into the mandate of humanitarians and their mission to protect a universal humanity, works to medicalise and depoliticise the issue, limiting the ability to address violence in all its manifestations. The article also suggests that paying attention to the details of this attempted incorporation, and its ultimate failure, actually offers us something more important and interesting to think with: it opens the way to new possibilities for the political, and hence for addressing such forms of violence and inequality.« (Source: Gender & History)


  Part I: Gender-based violence: from crime against humanity to pathology (p. 251)
  Part II: Politicising the human in humanitarianism (p. 256)
    The problem of neutrality (p. 257)
    The problem of humanity (p. 259)
  Conclusion (p. 261)
  Notes (p. 262)

Wikipedia: History of Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo | Sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo | Types of rape: Wartime sexual violence | War: Second Congo War