The Landscape of Silence: Sexual Violence Against Men in War

The Landscape of Silence: Sexual Violence Against Men in War

by Amalendu Misra

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The Landscape of Silence: Sexual Violence Against Men in War by Amalendu Misra

Why is it that men and boys have been and still are violated in human conflict, be it in conventional war, insurgencies or periods of civil and ethnic strife? Above all, why, throughout history, have victims, perpetrators and society as a whole refused to acknowledge this violation, and why do episodes of male-on-male rape and sexual abuse feature so rarely in accounts of war, be they official histories, eye-witness accounts or popular narratives? Is there more to this elision of memory than simply shame? Is there more to it than the victor's desire to violate the enemy body?

Amalendu Misra's startlingly original research into male sexual violence explores the meaning and role of the male body prior to its abuse and how it is altered by violation in wartime. He examines the bio-political contexts of conflict in which primarily men and occasionally women sexually violate men; he details the inadequate legal safeguards for survivors of such events; and in unearthing and analysing an ignored aspect of war, he inquires whether such violence can ever be deterred.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849042826
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 08/15/2015
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Amalendu Misra teaches at Lancaster University and the University of Anahuac, Mexico. He is the author of Politics of Civil Wars, Afghanistan: The Labyrinth of Violence and Identity & Religion.

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