Stories of Sexualized War Violence after the Bosnian war
2015 (English)In: Femicide. Targeting of Women in Conflict. A Global Issue That Demands Action. Volume III / [ed] Andrada Filip & Michael Platzer, Vienna: The Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) , 2015, Vol. 3, 102-105 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
The aim of this article is to analyze verbally portrayed experiences of 27 survivors of the 1990’s war in northwestern Bosnia. The focus lies on evaluating interviewees’ description of wartime sexual violence and analyzing discursive patterns that contribute in constructing the phenomenon “sexualized war violence”. My analysis shows that the new social war order normalized the sexualized war violence in society. In many cases, these crimes are committed by neighbors and people known by the victim. After the war, all interviewees described war sexual violence as something morally reprehensible. These narratives paint a picture of the perpetrator as someone who is dangerous, evil and the absolute enemy. This enemy is a real but distant criminal who is seen as a clear threat to the existing social order from before the war.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Vienna: The Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) , 2015. Vol. 3, 102-105 p.
subjected to sexual violence, perpetrator of sexual violence, sexual violence, war, narrative, Bosnia, sociology, sociologi
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject Social Sciences; Social Sciences, Peace and Development Studies; Social Sciences, Criminology; Social Sciences, Social Psychology; Social Sciences, Social Work; Social Sciences, Sociology; Social Sciences, Poliskunskap
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-48110OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-48110DiVA: diva2:878133