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Politicization of Sexual Violence

From Abolitionism to Peacekeeping, 1st Edition

By Carol Harrington


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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? To explore these questions, Carol Harrington traces the historical change in the politicization of rape as an international problem and explains how early international women's organizations gained expert authority on rape by drawing on abolitionist rhetoric of bodily integrity. She discusses 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.


'The important contribution that Politicization of Sexual Violence makes is in revealing exactly how sexualized violence perpetrated by men against women during wartime has been turned into not just a political issue, but into an internationalized political issue. There has been nothing automatic about this issue-creating process. Carol Harrington reveals here how it has happened.' Cynthia Enloe, Clark University, USA, and author of The Curious Feminist ’As a historical account, this book is indispensible. As a theoretical contribution, it is innovative, interesting, and complex…Highly recommended.’ Choice ' …comprehensive study of the politicisation of sexual violence within the international context… The book is written in an accessible, engaging style. Although it will be of interest predominantly within feminist scholarship, its appeal is much broader, and readers of international history and politics will find this book informative and thought-provoking…. the book provides an important reminder to academics and practitioners alike about the agenda that one brings when promoting public awareness of sexual violence.' Gender & Development

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Lecturer, School of Social and Cultural Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

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Gender in a Global/Local World

Gender in a Global/Local World

Gender in a Global/Local World critically explores the uneven and often contradictory ways in which global processes and local identities come together. Much has been and is being written about globalization and responses to it but rarely from a critical, historical, gendered perspective. Yet, these processes are profoundly gendered albeit in different ways in particular contexts and times. The changes in social, cultural, economic and political institutions and practices alter the conditions under which women and men make and remake their lives. New spaces have been created - economic, political, social - and previously silent voices are being heard. North-South dichotomies are being undermined as increasing numbers of people and communities are exposed to international processes through migration, travel, and communication, even as marginalization and poverty intensify for many in all parts of the world. The series features monographs and collections which explore the tensions in a ’global/local world’, and includes contributions from all disciplines in recognition that no single approach can capture these complex processes.

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