Rape: Weapon of War and Genocide

Rape: Weapon of War and Genocide

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by Carol Rittner, John K. Roth

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This is the first comparative study in the genocide-studies literature of sexual violence as a genocidal weapon.See more details below


This is the first comparative study in the genocide-studies literature of sexual violence as a genocidal weapon.

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Publishers Weekly
Genocide studies experts Rittner and Roth (co-editors of Different Voices: Women and the Holocaust) have assembled a tool kit for activists and an informative alarm for general readers with this collection of original essays by distinguished genocide scholars. An effective and affecting immediacy is achieved as each writer uses a particular document (interview, personal letter, trial transcript, formal report) as a point of departure, and many chapters include thought-provoking discussion questions and pertinent suggested readings. From various professional perspectives, the writers reveal that “rape-as-policy—intentional and systematic uses of rape as a weapon of war and genocide—has loomed larger and larger.” Essays convey the horrors experienced by Jewish victims of Nazi genocide, victims of ethnic cleansing in the Bosnian War, Guatemalan victims of femicide, and Tutsi victims of all three. Others analyze rape as a tool of “othering” (“the obliteration of a common ground between perpetrators and victims”), assess films treating war and genocide, and consider the development of laws that have the power to protect and to punish. “Rape,” as one writer observes, in this grim book, “is a sadly effective weapon of war.” That this is a painful book to read should not prevent it from being read. (Sept.)
University of Oxford - Hugo Slim
Carol Rittner and John K. Roth have brought together a range of very powerful contributions on rape in war and genocide, which form an exceptional textbook for anyone coming to this terrible subject for the first time. Each chapter deals very personally with the agony of rape and the challenges it poses to male behavior, international law, and political action. The book is a memorial to female suffering and a deep challenge to all men to abandon forever the kind of masculinity that perpetrates s
Gendercide Watch - Adam Jones
This is a comparative study in the genocide-studies literature of sexual violence as a genocidal weapon. With its global reach and detail, I doubt it will be surpassed for a long time. It is also one of the most nuanced, illuminating, and grimly engaging volumes on rape and mass violence yet published. The authors and editors frequently foreground the individual victims and survivors of these perhaps most intimate atrocities, and their critical framing of sometimes barely-imaginable experiences
University of Toronto - Doris L. Bergen
This book’s 13 short chapters are designed for students but of urgent importance to anyone who cares about the ravages of sexual violence and war. Experts in law, history, philosophy, and women’s studies join therapists and activists to present the issues and analyze key documents, many of them accounts from victims of rape, from the Holocaust, Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and elsewhere. Relentless and unflinching, those accounts speak of despair an

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