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Rape Loot PillageThe Political Economy of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict$
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Sara Meger

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190277666

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190277666.001.0001

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From Fetishization to Politicization and Gendered Peace

From Fetishization to Politicization and Gendered Peace

(p.189) Chapter 9 From Fetishization to Politicization and Gendered Peace
Rape Loot Pillage

Sara Meger

Oxford University Press

Current approaches to addressing sexual violence in conflict seek to “take the rape out of war” rather than look at how gender inequality intersects with other structural inequalities to inform and produce this violence. Sexual violence is a means of affecting power relations. When we think of conflict-related sexual violence as the only type that is capable of threatening international peace and security, we’re reinforcing a state-centric paradigm for conceiving of peace and security and obscuring the deeply embedded and problematic social relations behind this type of violence. What is required is a new international framework that fundamentally reconceptualizes the root causes of sexual violence and all forms of gender-based violence at the global level. Perhaps a de-securitization and re-politicization of sexual violence is required that enables the disaggregation of our understanding of wartime sexual violence and international aid, scholarship, and policy that aims to address underlying gender inequalities.

Keywords:   securitization, desecuritization, politicization, gendered peace, international policy

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