Politicization of Sexual Violence: From Abolitionism to Peacekeeping

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2010 - Political Science - 236 pages
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Harrington traces the historical change in the politicization of rape as an international problem. In the 1990s, feminist scholars on the politics of rape experienced a sudden surge of interest in their, until then, marginal field. Why was the 1990s the right time for rape to become an international security problem? Furthermore, why suddenly in the 1990s did rape become problematized as an international issue not just by the feminist fringes of protest movements but also by intergovernmental bureaucracies? This book explains how early international women's organizations gained expert authority on rape by drawing on abolitionist rhetoric of bodily integrity, why they abandoned their politicization of rape in the inter-war period and why rape only reappeared as an international security question requiring gender expertise on trauma after the Cold War.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Documenting Sexual Violence as a Problem of Individual Freedom
11
Unspeakable Outrages and Expertise on Womens Problems
31
Atrocity Propaganda International Organizations and the Science of Peace
51
Silence on Sexual Violence? World War II and the United Nations Womens Bureaucracy
73
Pathologizing Unfreedom Western Cold War Models of Human Rights and Public Mental Health
97
The Medicalization of Peacekeeping and Government of Sexual and Genderbased Violence
121
Gender Experts and Gender Police Policing the Peacekeepers and Empowering Women?
145
Knowledge and Techniques for Governing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse SEA
169
Conclusion
195
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Lecturer, School of Social and Cultural Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

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