Rape: Politics and Theory in War and Peace

TitleRape: Politics and Theory in War and Peace
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsNordstrom, Carolyn
JournalAustralian Feminist Studies
Pagination147 - 162
Date Published04/1996

Rape spans the spectrum of peacebuilding, development and justice issues. It also invokes core concepts of gender and power. If rape from the women’s point of view…keeps the ‘imbalance of society’, what do the high number of sexual assaults against (predominantly young) men say about this imbalance?
It is an imbalance, I will suggest, that is a fundamental to the ontology of personal and social identity as it is political. In this article, I plan to look at three sites of rape, and each site raises a specific set of considerations. These three sites are: in war; in peacetime; and in cross-cultural context. The last section raises questions about how we as scholars are implicated in research, and what the implication of our research are. I have intentionally selected sites that are not normally consider together in an effort to explore further some of the critical ramifications of rape. I hope then to be able to look at the politics, practices, and ontology of sexual violence in a way that begins to cross class, gender, conflict, and culture zones. This piece is therefore, by definition, experimental. [Excerpt]

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