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‘Sexurity’ and its effects in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Mertens, Charlotte and Pardy, Maree 2016, ‘Sexurity’ and its effects in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Third World quarterly, In Press, pp. 1-24, doi: 10.1080/01436597.2016.1191341.

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Title ‘Sexurity’ and its effects in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Author(s) Mertens, Charlotte
Pardy, Maree
Journal name Third World quarterly
Season In Press
Start page 1
End page 24
Total pages 24
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016-07-05
ISSN 0143-6597
Keyword(s) sexurity
sexual violence
colonial imaginary
Democratic Republic of Congo
wartime rape
Summary Newly recognised as a threat to global peace and security, sexual violence in conflict is now a fixed item on international security agendas. This marks significant progress for women, gender equality and the integrity of peace programmes. Our aim here, however, is to reflect upon the risks that inhere in this accomplishment. Through the concept of ‘sexurity’, a tripartite amalgam of the securitisation of sexual violence, the sexualisation of security, and the language of crisis, we outline the adverse effects of tethering sexual violence to security. This article concerns itself with the material and symbolic effects of ‘sexurity’ for eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It first outlines ‘sexurity’ and the context of its emergence before, drawing on fieldwork in eastern DRC, the second part underlines the effects of ‘sexurity’ for the country.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/01436597.2016.1191341
Field of Research 169901 Gender Specific Studies
160607 International Relations
1606 Political Science
Socio Economic Objective 940113 Gender and Sexualities
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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