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Why Do Soldiers Rape?: Masculinity, Violence, and Sexuality in the Armed Forces in the Congo (DRC)
School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7702-2000
2009 (English)In: International Studies Quarterly, ISSN 0020-8833, E-ISSN 1468-2478, Vol. 53, no 2, 495-518 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the ways soldiers in the Congo speak about themassive amount of rape committed by the armed forces in the recentwar in the DRC. It focuses on the reasons that the soldiers give to whyrape occurs. It discusses how the soldiers distinguish between ‘‘lustrapes’’ and ‘‘evil rapes’’ and argues that their explanations of rape mustbe understood in relation to notions of different (impossible) masculinities.Ultimately, through reading the soldiers’ words, we can glimpsethe logics—arguably informed by the increasingly globalized context ofsoldiering—through which rape becomes possible, and even ‘‘normalized’’in particular warscapes.

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2009. Vol. 53, no 2, 495-518 p.
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Gender Studies Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-331086OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-331086DiVA: diva2:1148271
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Sida - Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Available from: 2017-10-10 Created: 2017-10-10 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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