Wood 2009 Violence

Title Information

Author: Elisabeth Jean Wood

Title: Armed Groups and Sexual Violence

Subtitle: When Is Wartime Rape Rare?

Journal: Politics & Society

Volume: 37

Issue: 1

Year: March 2009

Pages: 131-161

ISSN: 0032-3292 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century, 21st Century | Sri Lankan History | Types: Wartime Rape / Sri Lankan Civil War

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Author: Elisabeth Wood, Department of Political Science, Yale University

Abstract: » This article explores a particular pattern of wartime violence, the relative absence of sexual violence on the part of many armed groups. This neglected fact has important policy implications: If some groups do not engage in sexual violence, then rape is not inevitable in war as is sometimes claimed, and there are stronger grounds for holding responsible those groups that do engage in sexual violence. After developing a theoretical framework for understanding the observed variation in wartime sexual violence, the article analyzes the puzzling absence of sexual violence on the part of the secessionist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam of Sri Lanka.« [Source: Politics & Society]


  Definitions, Clarifications, and Caveats (p. 133)
    Incomplete Explanation (p. 134)
    Theoretical Framework (p.136)
    Observable Implications: When Is Wartime Rape Rare? (p. 140)
  Sri Lanka: The Origins of the Conflict (p. 142)
    Sexual Violence by State Forces in Sri Lanka (p. 145)
    The Absence of Sexual Violence by the LTTE (p. 146)
    Explaining the Absence of Sexual Violence by the LTTE (p. 149)
  Conclusion (p. 152)
  Notes (p. 154)

Wikipedia: Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Sri Lankan Civil War, War rape

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