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Banwell, S. (2017). “This is beyond something we've seen before:” unpacking orientalist and ethnocentric interpretations of wartime rape

Banwell, S. (2017). “This is beyond something we've seen before:” unpacking orientalist and ethnocentric interpretations of wartime rape

Banwell, Stacy ORCID: 0000-0001-7395-2617 (2017) Banwell, S. (2017). “This is beyond something we've seen before:” unpacking orientalist and ethnocentric interpretations of wartime rape. In: 73rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology conference, 15 - 18 Nov 2017, Philadelphia, USA.

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Abstract

The ‘rape-as-a-weapon’ of war narrative has been particularly influential in the securitization of sexual violence. UN Security Resolution 1820 (2008) identifies rape and sexual violence during armed conflict as a war crime and a threat to international peace and security. More recently, in the context of the civil war in Syria, the UN has reported ‘catastrophic’ new trends of extremist groups using Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (CRSV) to terrorize civilian populations. Drawing upon ideas about the fetishization of CRSV (Meger, 2016a, 2016b), this paper analyzes policy and news media accounts that sensationalize and objectify war crimes perpetrated by terrorist ‘Others’ in ISIS-controlled areas of Syria. It argues that the selective focus on wartime rape marginalizes other more common and complex patterns of conflict-related violence. Additionally, focusing on ISIS obscures the diverse actors and ideologies that are caught up in this conflict. Reports singling out attacks by ISIS, as barbaric examples of sexual slavery, are in danger of invoking both Orientalist and ethnocentric interpretations of violence perpetrated in the Global South. On a broader level, this piece argues that the political economy of this conflict is being overshadowed by a security agenda that prioritizes sexual violence.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: crime
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Law & Criminology (LAC)
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2019 10:32
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/25542

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