Queering terrorism

Emeka Thaddues Njoku

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Abstract

There are few theoretical and empirical researches on sexual fluidity and sexual victimization against men inside terrorist groups. Drawing from the case of Islamic terrorists group (Boko Haram), queer theory, and discursive accounts of male survivors, NGOs and security agents, I argue that Boko Haram’s rape of men and boys, whether collectively or individually, exposes their sexual fluidity. The reconstruction of acceptable sexual norms, syncretism due to the existence of same-sex subculture in Lake Chad, and hypocrisy explain their sexual variability. This study adds to the growing body of knowledge on the dynamics of sexuality and terrorism.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages23
JournalStudies in Conflict and Terrorism
Early online date3 Jan 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Terrorism
  • sexuality
  • Gender-based violence
  • Queer
  • Counter-terrorism
  • queer theory/politics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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