Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict

Leatherman, Janie L.
Polity Press, Cambridge, UK, 2011, ISBN: 978-0-7456-4187-4, 176 pp.
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Nilani Ljunggren De Silva

Institute of International Education, Stockholm University, Sweden

The relationship between sexual violence and armed conflict is one of the most attention-grabbing topics in academia and to the general public. This book, written with coherence, clarity, and force, could well appeal to a wider audience. In Sexual Violence and Armed Conflict, Janie Leatherman explores multifaceted factors related to sexual violence in situations of armed conflict. The author analyses and explains the relevance of a range of themes, such as gender relations in society – particularly gendered differences in power, freedom, autonomy, agency, and choice.

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