Conflict Minerals and Sexual Violence in Central Africa: Troubling Research

TitleConflict Minerals and Sexual Violence in Central Africa: Troubling Research
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsBuss, Doris
JournalSocial Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society
Volume25
Issue4
Pagination545-567
Date Published2018
Abstract

This paper explores "conflict mining-related sexual violence" as a type of conflict sexual violence, tracing the dynamic process by which this category is defined in and through the production of research. Focusing on two "conflict minerals" initiatives, I explore how data on sexual violence are positioned as an indicator for assessing armed conflict and human rights abuses in mining areas in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. I trace the methodological decisions and epistemic claims that shape what is knowable about mining-related sexual violence and which erase the significant methodological challenges in researching sexual- and gender-based violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. [Author]

Short TitleSocial Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society
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