Reproductive Control and Ethnic Conflict


Brown, Carol A. 1994. “Reproductive Control and Ethnic Conflict.” Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice 6 (1): 85–92. doi:10.1080/10402659408425778.

Author: Carol A. Brown


According to legend, Romulus, first ruler of ancient Rome, rid his people of the enemy Sabines by raiding their villages, stealing (“raping”) all the Sabine women, and making them wives for Roman men. The Sabine culture collapsed. Were the Roman‐Sabine children considered “pure‐blooded” Romans? Throughout history, ethnic groups have considered women and their childbearing capabilities to be central to ethnic struggle. New developments in birth control and reproductive technologies may fundamentally alter the future of ethnic conflict. Already we see the use of technologies affecting ethnic conflict and control over subordinate groups.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Ethnic/Communal Wars, Ethnicity, Gender, Women, Health, Reproductive Health, Sexual Violence, Rape

Year: 1994

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