ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Sexual Violence, Discursive Formations and the State

While in the face of the disorder of collective violence the state seems to absent itself so that we cannot guess how the judicial discourse would have constructed pathological sexuality, we have evidence of how 'individual pathology' is constructed in the rape trial during normal periods. Further, in the dense discursivity of the state as it engages in separating the normal from the pathological, we get a production of bodies (male and female) that normalises sexual violence at least for the purpose of the law.

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