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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 and the Gendered Politics of Sacrifice

Military Privatization and the Gendered Politics of Sacrifice

(p.37) Chapter 2 Military Privatization and the Gendered Politics of Sacrifice
Gender and Private Security in Global Politics

Bianca Baggiarini

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores how military and security privatization alters gendered sacrificial violence, particularly in relation to postmodern wars. Building on feminist critical security studies, it argues that the privatization of the military is not just an economic maneuver but also a way to mitigate the contradictory gap between biopolitical and sovereign power. Since sacrifice is fundamentally an embodied practice, the trend toward bloodless wars—of which privatization is a chief component—reveals a paradox in terms of the meaning of disembodied combat and how it functions in relation to nation-states. The chapter concludes by suggesting that the inclusion of private military contractors does not just disrupt the dominant gendered myth of sacrifice but reveals the different sociopolitical effects that are shored up in relation to sacrificial violence.

Keywords:   US military, war, sacrifice, privatization, gender, violence, postmodern, private military and security companies, PMSCs

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