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(Re)producing conflict-related sexual violence

Hamberg Hjärtström, Lina LU (2012) FKVK01 20121
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Despite several attempts, the UN have not been successful in ending conflict-related gender/ed sexual violence, even within the organisation. To explain the discrepancy between intentions and actions within the UN, gender and feminist theory on power and sexuality are used to map the mechanisms behind sexual violence, leading to postulations of both gender and power as performative and mutable. These are then used in a discourse analysis of UN resolutions and reports, to answer the questions: How do the UN understand conflict-related gender/ed sexual violence? and How are the UN's understandings of conflict-related gender/ed sexual violence (re)produced in the texts, and to what effects? The analysis show that the UN documents contain... (More)
Despite several attempts, the UN have not been successful in ending conflict-related gender/ed sexual violence, even within the organisation. To explain the discrepancy between intentions and actions within the UN, gender and feminist theory on power and sexuality are used to map the mechanisms behind sexual violence, leading to postulations of both gender and power as performative and mutable. These are then used in a discourse analysis of UN resolutions and reports, to answer the questions: How do the UN understand conflict-related gender/ed sexual violence? and How are the UN's understandings of conflict-related gender/ed sexual violence (re)produced in the texts, and to what effects? The analysis show that the UN documents contain several contradicting meanings. In addition to the manifest demands for cessation of sexual violence, the documents use categorisations that create separations and valorisation of men over women, thus (re)producing the power structures that enable sexual violence to occur. (Less)
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author
Hamberg Hjärtström, Lina LU
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organization
alternative title
A discourse analysis of the UN's understandings of conflict-related sexual violence
course
FKVK01 20121
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
conflict-related sexual violence, sexual violence, gender, femininity, masculinity, sex, power, discourse, UN, United Nations, feminism
language
English
id
2545152
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2012-06-27 10:25:13
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2012-06-27 10:25:13
@misc{2545152,
  abstract     = {Despite several attempts, the UN have not been successful in ending conflict-related gender/ed sexual violence, even within the organisation. To explain the discrepancy between intentions and actions within the UN, gender and feminist theory on power and sexuality are used to map the mechanisms behind sexual violence, leading to postulations of both gender and power as performative and mutable. These are then used in a discourse analysis of UN resolutions and reports, to answer the questions: How do the UN understand conflict-related gender/ed sexual violence? and How are the UN's understandings of conflict-related gender/ed sexual violence (re)produced in the texts, and to what effects? The analysis show that the UN documents contain several contradicting meanings. In addition to the manifest demands for cessation of sexual violence, the documents use categorisations that create separations and valorisation of men over women, thus (re)producing the power structures that enable sexual violence to occur.},
  author       = {Hamberg Hjärtström, Lina},
  keyword      = {conflict-related sexual violence,sexual violence,gender,femininity,masculinity,sex,power,discourse,UN,United Nations,feminism},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {(Re)producing conflict-related sexual violence},
  year         = {2012},
}