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Clients, Contractors and the Everyday Masculinities in Global Private Security

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Amanda Chisholm



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This article explores the intimate relationships between the client and the security contractor. It draws upon autoethnography to bring into focus the client/contractor encounters and demonstrate how such encounters (re)shape the marginal and hegemonic men/masculinities of the security industry—masculinities which not work to legitimise who and what are appropriate security providers, but how value/valuation of security is understood and practiced. As such it contributes to the broader debates about gender and war by 1) demonstrating how the researcher is always embedded in and shaped by the research she produces and 2) by bringing to the fore the multitude of masculinities, beyond the hegemonic militarized, that emerge in private security markets.

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Author(s): Chisholm A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Critical Military Studies

Year: 2017

Volume: 3

Issue: 2

Pages: 120-141

Online publication date: 05/01/2017

Acceptance date: 07/12/2016

Date deposited: 08/12/2016

ISSN (print): 2333-7486

ISSN (electronic): 2333-7494

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/23337486.2016.1273297


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