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P-KVINN-Program for kvinne- og kjønnsf

Why Rape? Perpetrators, Punishment and Social Narratives; A study of sexual violence offenders from the former Yugoslav wars.

Tildelt: kr 2,8 mill.

The focus in this project is to study the male perpetration of sexual violence in war. The focus will be on the male perpetrators themselves and how they view their actions in hindsight and in light of their punishment. By extension, the project will also focus on the ways in which male perpetrators of sexual violence are situated and perceived within a supranational legal context and the perpetrators' reasoning for committing acts of sexual violence in the war setting. The empirical focus is on male pe rpetrators of sexual violence during the Bosnian war from 1992-1995, and more specifically the 21 perpetrators who have been sentenced in the ICTY. The overarching aim will accordingly be to classify a body of empirical data - primarily court records and interviews in light of current social psychological theories. In order to study this overarching theme, it is imperative to consider how social narratives and individual identity construction interact with the discourses of gender and memories of the Bosn ian war at large. The primary research methods will be literature studies and interviews. The project will investigate: -The ways in which crimes of sexual violence are narrated within the ICTY documentations on sexual violence crimes and its offenders; -The ways in which legal experts, and others working at the ICTY, have experienced working with sexual violence male offenders within a supranational criminal context; -How a group of men sentenced for sexual violence within the ICTY regard their actions and punishment after having received their sentences. The primary output of this project will be a monograph for international publication with the title Why Rape? In addition, I will write one article in Norwegian for a Norwegian scholarly journal as well as op eds. in the national and international press. The project will cost NOK 2 611 000. It will start in January 2009 and end in December 2011.


P-KVINN-Program for kvinne- og kjønnsf