Conflict Minerals and Sexual Violence in Central Africa: Troubling Research


Buss, Doris. 2018. "Conflict Minerals and Sexual Violence in Central Africa: Troubling Research." Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society 25 (4): 545-67.

Author: Doris Buss


This paper explores “conflict mining-related sexual violence” as a type of conflict sexual violence, tracing the dynamic process by which this category is defined in and through the production of research. Focusing on two “conflict minerals” initiatives, I explore how data on sexual violence are positioned as an indicator for assessing armed conflict and human rights abuses in mining areas in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. I trace the methodological decisions and epistemic claims that shape what is knowable about mining-related sexual violence and which erase the significant methodological challenges in researching sexual- and gender-based violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Conflict, Resource Conflict, Gender-Based Violence, Rights, Human Rights, Sexual Violence Regions: Africa, Central Africa Countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Year: 2018

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