chapter  6
The first generation of systematic documentation of sexual violence in war 1990–1998: naming the unnameable and understanding the incomprehensible
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As the previous chapter has shown, the 1990s marked a shift in the way in which sexual viol ence in war was understood. The change was in large part due to widespread docu mentation of this par ticu lar form of viol ence in a number of conflicts in the 1990s, resulting, in turn, in numerous schol arly and aca demic pub lications within many different social science and law dis cip lines analysing why sexual viol ence in war could be such a power ful weapon. Who were the main targets, why and for what purpose? This chapter looks at the different approaches that emerged in the liter at ure in the 1990s.