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Beyond strategic rape and between the public and private: violence against women in armed conflict

Swaine, Aisling (2015) Beyond strategic rape and between the public and private: violence against women in armed conflict. Human Rights Quarterly, 37 (3). pp. 755-786. ISSN 0275-0392

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Identification Number: 10.1353/hrq.2015.0043

Abstract

This study gets to the heart of examining what counts as conflict-related gender violence under international law. Using empirical research from Liberia, Northern Ireland and Timor-Leste, the study specifically explores and explains variance beyond strategic sexualized violence employed in some conflicts, to analyze the ways that private individualistic violence is influenced by conflict across the three case studies. Proposing a set of variables as possible determinants of wide-ranging forms of violence, the study proposes that on a continuum of “political public violence” to “endemic private violence,” there are forms of violence that may sit somewhere “inbetween.” The analysis queries where this “in-between”’ violence should fit in the thresholds provided by law and what consideration should be given to the political and private violence nexus that the research demonstrates.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://muse.jhu.edu/journal/77
Additional Information: © 2015 by Johns Hopkins University Press
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > Gender Institute
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2017 15:06
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2019 02:48
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/84633

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