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What Can We/Do We Want to Know? Reflections from Researching SGBV in Military Settings

Journal article
Authors Maria Eriksson Baaz
Harriet Gray
Maria Stern
Published in Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society
Volume 25
Issue 4
Pages 521-544
ISSN 1072-4745
Publication year 2018
Published at School of Global Studies, Peace and Development Research
Gothenburg Centre for Globalization and Development (GCGD)
School of Global Studies
Pages 521-544
Language en
Keywords sexual violence, conflict, military, methodology
Subject categories Sociology, Other Social Sciences


This article explores methodological challenges that arose in two perpetrator-centered research projects on sexual and gender-based violence in two different armed forces contexts: the British Army and the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo. We examine how the interplay between research subjects’, in this case perpetrators’, performances and our own desires and investments as researchers shape the knowledge we produce. Ultimately, we seek to encourage continuing (self)critical discussions on how various discursive framings and ethico-political desires shape the stories we hear as well as those that we tell.

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