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Gender and Private Security in Global Politics$
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Maya Eichler

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199364374

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199364374.001.0001

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Gender and the Privatization of Military Security

Gender and the Privatization of Military Security

An Introduction

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(p.1) Gender and the Privatization of Military Security
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Gender and Private Security in Global Politics
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Maya Eichler

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199364374.003.0001

The introduction places the volume within the literatures on private security in global politics and feminist international relations/security studies. The chapter describes the emerging multidisciplinary field of “critical gender studies in private security”, and argues that this volume stakes out and advances this new field of study. The chapter proceeds to outline the unique approach taken in the book which consists of a feminist-informed critical gender approach; an intersectional lens that takes into account the intersections of gender with citizenship, national identity, race, class, and sexuality; attention to multiple scales, including the body, local, national, and global; and, an understanding of PMSCs as political actors who shape gender norms and the gendered global order. Finally, the chapter explains the organization of the volume and summarizes the arguments of the individual chapters.

Keywords:   PMSCs, private military and security companies, gender, global politics, feminist security studies, critical gender studies in private security, intersectionality, multiple scales

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