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Author Bergoffen, Debra B.

Title Contesting the politics of genocidal rape : affirming the dignity of the vulnerable body / by Debra B. Bergoffen
Published London : Routledge, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (131 pages)
Series Routledge research in gender and society ; 29
Routledge research in gender and society ; 29
Contents 1. The case : the vulnerable body on trial -- 2. Slavery, torture, rape : assaulting the dignity of the vulnerable body -- 3. Genocidal rape as spectacle -- 4. The verdict : affirming the dignity of the vulnerable body -- 5. Representing the human : the lingua Franca of human rights -- 6. Of the politics and pleasures of the vulnerable body
Summary Rape, traditionally a spoil of war, became a weapon of war in the ethnic cleansing campaign in Bosnia. The ICTY Kunarac court responded by transforming wartime rape from an ignored crime into a crime against humanity. In its judgment, the court argued that the rapists violated the Muslim women's right to sexual self-determination. Announcing this right to sexual integrity, the court transformed women's vulnerability from an invitation to abuse into a mark of human dignity. This close reading of the trial, guided by the phenomenological themes of the lived body and ambiguity, feminist critiques of the autonomous subject and the liberal sexual/social contract, critical legal theory assessments of human rights law and institutions, and psychoanalytic analyses of the politics of desire, argues that the court, by validating women's epistemic authority (their right to establish the meaning of their experience of rape) and affirming the dignity of the vulnerable body (thereby dethroning the autonomous body as the embodiment of dignity), shows us that human rights instruments can be used to combat the epidemic of wartime rape if they are read as de-legitimating the authority of the masculine autonomous subject and the gender codes it anchors
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Subject Yugoslav War (1991-1995)
Rape victims -- Bosnia and Herzegovina
Rape -- Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sex crimes -- Bosnia and Herzegovina
Yugoslav War, 1991-1995 -- Atrocities.
Rape victims.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Sexual Abuse & Harassment.
Sex crimes.
Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0203340132