Too often in conflict situations rape is referred to as a "weapon of war" - a term presented as self-explanatory. In this provocative book, Baaz and Stern challenge the dominant understandings of sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict settings. Drawing upon original fieldwork in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as research material from other conflict zones, the authors emphasize the importance of context and the multiplicity of factors involved in gender-based violence, such as the nature of civilian-military relations, and ultimately argue that it is misleading to isolate sexual violence from other aspects of conflict.A much-anticipated book by two acknowledged experts in the field dealing with an issue that has become an increasingly important security and legal topic.
Sexual Violence as a Weapon of War? Is a Much-Needed Contribution to the Understanding of Sexual Violence in War
By Ann Gollin on Jan 06, 2014
We have much to learn from this extraordinary book. Sexual Violence as a Weapon of War? is a brave, intellectually rigorous inquiry into the complexities and contradictions of sexual violence in war. It is unlike any other book that has been written and is therefore worthy of our attention. We come to learn that what we think we know