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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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Toward a Feminist Political Economy of Sexual Violence in War

Toward a Feminist Political Economy of Sexual Violence in War

(p.36) Chapter 2 Toward a Feminist Political Economy of Sexual Violence in War
Rape Loot Pillage

Sara Meger

Oxford University Press

This chapter posits a feminist political economy framework for understanding the causes and consequences of wartime sexual violence. Drawing on insights from feminist analyses of rape in war and integrating with critical political economy perspectives on the nature of contemporary armed conflict, this chapter uncovers the political economy of sexual and gender-based violence perpetrated in war as directly linked to the political and economic drivers of conflict and the operation of gender at the individual, sociocultural, and structural levels toward these political and economic motivations. This chapter focuses on how unequal political and economic relationships within and between genders, experienced, expressed and contested through individual, cultural, and structural levels of analysis inform the value and thus objectification of wartime sexual violence.

Keywords:   feminist political economy, sexual and gender-based violence, gender hierarchy, gender structure, political violence

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