Markets, Men, and Mercenaries. Private
Security through the Lens of Gender,
Race, and Global Political Economy
Vortragende: Amanda Chisholm
Moderation: Claudia Brunner
Donnerstag, 29. Oktober 2015, 18:00 Uhr
Hörsaal 1 (Zi.nr. A0212)
Institut für Politikwissenschaft
Universitätsstraße 7/2. Stock, 1010 Wien
Abstract: Outsourcing of military security to the private sector is a growing trend in many Western states. While media coverage has largely scandalised the stereotypical image of the violent, ‘hypermasculine’, armed security contractor, academic debates have remained Western-centric and focused on legal, strategic, policy, and ethical issues. With our lecture, we offer a more comprehensive understanding of the security industry by highlighting how private security labour is organised in gendered and racialised terms. For this purpose, we combine feminist and postcolonial approaches to security studies and global polit
ical economy analysis of labor relations. This approach reveals the silenced and demeaned unarmed security functions, mostly taken on by men from the global south, as well the industry’s dependence on women’s paid and unpaid labour to support men’s careers in private security.
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