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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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Military Privatization as a Gendered Process

Military Privatization as a Gendered Process

A Case for Integrating Feminist International Relations and Feminist State Theories

(p.19) Chapter 1 Military Privatization as a Gendered Process
Gender and Private Security in Global Politics

Saskia Stachowitsch

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This chapter aims to advance feminist theorizing of military privatization by integrating a state-theoretical perspective with a feminist international relations (IR), including feminist global political economy (GPE), approach. Such an integrated perspective grasps the hybrid character of military privatization as both an aspect of gendered state transformations and of the gendered dynamics of global markets. For this purpose, the chapter widens the focus beyond the private military and security industry, its gendered practices, discourses, and effects and links scholarship on private security to transformations in global and local gender relations under neoliberalism. Additionally, it seeks to overcome the “decline of the state hypothesis” that dominates mainstream discourses on privatization of security and suggests that the allegedly more women-friendly state is eroding at the expense of a masculinized global market for force.

Keywords:   military privatization, private military and security companies, PMSCs, feminist international relations, global political economy, state theory, neoliberalism

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