The [Serbian] Rapists’ Progress: Ethnicity, Gender and Violence


Mežnarić, Silva. 1993. “The [Serbian] Rapists’ Progress: Ethnicity, Gender and Violence.” Revija Za Sociologiju 24 (3-4): 119-29.

Author: Silva Mežnarić


The paper examines two cases of rape as politics where violence, gender, ethnicity intersected with tragic consequences. First, the Serbian media campaign against the Albanians as rapists in Kosovo in 1990 is examined; secondly, the rape as politics of ethnic cleansing in the Serbian aggression in Bosnia in 1992-1993 is analyzed. It has been shown that Serbian media's rape campaign against Kosovo Albanians as perpetrators has been a prelude to the actual rapes by Serbian soldiers in Bosnia. In both cases, rape served as the special mean for defining the boundary of the Serbian ethnic niche in the Balkans.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Ethnic/Communal Wars, Ethnicity, Gender, Women, Media, Sexual Violence, Rape, SV against Women Regions: Europe, Balkans, Eastern Europe Countries: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia

Year: 1993

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