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Confronting a Disciplinary Blindness: Women, War and Rape in the International Politics of Security

Lee-Koo, Katrina

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Much of the debate surrounding the inclusion of women in the study of international politics, particularly in reflections of war, promotes passive representation. State-sanctioned images of non-combatant women in supportive wartime roles reflect, rather than confront, traditional conceptualisations of 'legitimate knowledge' and ways of knowing. Therefore, estimates that 30,000 women were raped during the war in Bosnia shocked the international community. Yet it shouldn't. War rape is as old as...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorLee-Koo, Katrina
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:17:56Z
dc.identifier.issn1036-1146
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/71395
dc.description.abstractMuch of the debate surrounding the inclusion of women in the study of international politics, particularly in reflections of war, promotes passive representation. State-sanctioned images of non-combatant women in supportive wartime roles reflect, rather than confront, traditional conceptualisations of 'legitimate knowledge' and ways of knowing. Therefore, estimates that 30,000 women were raped during the war in Bosnia shocked the international community. Yet it shouldn't. War rape is as old as war itself. This article looks at why, and how, traditional forms of theorising about international politics fails to identify or vocalise the violent insecurities of women in domestic and international space, thus ensuring women's silence. It also draws on alternative ways of knowing to confront the tradition and to un/recover the experiences of women.
dc.publisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
dc.sourceAustralian Journal of Political Science
dc.titleConfronting a Disciplinary Blindness: Women, War and Rape in the International Politics of Security
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume37
dc.date.issued2002
local.identifier.absfor160604 - Defence Studies
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub2693
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationLee-Koo, Katrina, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage525
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage536
local.identifier.doi10.1080/1036114022000032744
dc.date.updated2015-12-11T07:39:09Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-0036864146
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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