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What can we/do we want to know? Reflections from researching SGBV in military settings

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JournalSocial Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society
DateAccepted/In press - 17 Sep 2018
DatePublished (current) - 18 Dec 2018
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)521-544
Original languageEnglish


This article explores methodological challenges that arose in two perpetrator-centered research projects on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) 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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