Markets, Men, and Mercenaries. Private
Security through the Lens of Gender,
Race, and Global Political Economy
Lecturer: Amanda Chisholm
(University of Vienna)
Moderation: Claudia Brunner
(University of Klagenfurt)
Thursday, 29th October 2015, 6:00 p.m.
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 political 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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