Gender and Private Security in Global Politics

Paperback | March 17, 2015

EditorMaya Eichler

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For two hundred years the provision of military security has been a central and defining function of the modern nation-state. The increasing reliance on private military and security companies in contemporary conflict marks a fundamental transformation in the organization of military violence,and it raises issues of accountability and ethics that are of particular concern to feminists. This privatization of force not only enables states to circumvent citizens' democratic control over questions of war and peace, but also undermines women's and minority groups' claims for greater inclusionin the military sphere. Gender and Private Security in Global Politics brings together key scholars from the fields of international relations, security studies, and gender studies to argue that privatization of military security is a deeply gendered process. The chapters employ a variety of feminist perspectives,including critical, postcolonial, poststructuralist, and queer feminist perspectives, as well as a wide range of methodological approaches including ethnography, participant-observation, genealogy, and discourse analysis. This is the first book to develop an extended feminist analysis of privatemilitaries and to draw on feminist concerns regarding power, justice and equality to consider how to reform and regulate private forces.

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For two hundred years the provision of military security has been a central and defining function of the modern nation-state. The increasing reliance on private military and security companies in contemporary conflict marks a fundamental transformation in the organization of military violence,and it raises issues of accountability and ...

Maya Eichler is Canada Research Chair in Social Innovation and Community Engagement and Assistant Professor of Political Studies and Women's Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 1.1 inPublished:March 17, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsList of ContributorsList of AcronymsMaya Eichler: Gender and the Privatization of Military Security: An IntroductionPart One: Beyond the Public/Private Divide: Feminist Analyses of Military Privatization and the Gendered State1. Saskia Stachowitsch: Military Privatization as a Gendered Process: A Case for Integrating Feminist International Relations and Feminist State Theories2. Bianca Baggiarini: Military Privatization and the Gendered Politics of Sacrifice3. Maya Eichler: Gender, PMSCs, and the Global Rescaling of Protection: Implications for Feminist Security StudiesPart Two: Rethinking the Private Military Contractor I: Third Country Nationals and the Making of Empire4. Isabelle V. Barker: (Re)Producing American Soldiers in An Age of Empire5. Amanda Chisholm: From Warriors of Empire to Martial Contractors: Reimagining Gurkhas in Private Security6. Jutta Joachim and Andrea Schneiker: The License to Exploit: PMSCs, Masculinities, and Third Country NationalsPart Three: Rethinking the Private Military Contractor II: Masculinities and Violence7. Paul Higate: Aversions to Masculine Excess in the Private Military and Security Company and their Effects: Don't Be a "Billy Big Bollocks" and Beware the "Ninja!"8. Chris Hendershot: Heternormative and Penile Frustrations: The Uneasy Discourse of the Armorgroup Hazing ScandalPart Four: Private In/Security: Gendered Problems of Accountability, Regulation, and Ethics9. Valerie Sperling: Engendering Accountability in Private Security and Public Peacekeeping10. Ana Filipa Vrdoljak: Women and PMSCs: International Law and Regulation11. Jillian Terry: Responsibility, Empathy, and the Morality of Mercenaries: A Feminist Ethical Appraisal of PMSCsMaya Eichler: ConclusionAnna Leander: AfterwordNotesBibliographyIndex