Handbook on the International Political Economy of Gender
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Handbook on the International Political Economy of Gender

Edited by Juanita Elias and Adrienne Roberts

This Handbook brings together leading interdisciplinary scholarship on the gendered nature of the international political economy. Spanning a wide range of theoretical traditions and empirical foci, it explores the multifaceted ways in which gender relations constitute and are shaped by global politico-economic processes. It further interrogates the gendered ideologies and discourses that underpin everyday practices from the local to the global. The chapters in this collection identify, analyse, critique and challenge gender-based inequalities, whilst also highlighting the intersectional nature of gendered oppressions in the contemporary world order.
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Chapter 14: Perspectives on private security: the myth, the men and the markets

Amanda Chisholm


Private military and security companies (PMSCs) are a part of a multibillion-dollar industry with operations taking place globally. To date much of the scholarship on PMSCs continues to be concerned with the profound ways in which these companies are shaping how security operations are being conducted, yet largely ignores the actual men and women who work within the global industry. Drawing upon existing feminist scholarship and on ethnographic research on Gurkhas, men from Nepal with over 200 years of military history with the British, this chapter seeks to broaden existing discussions on PMSCs by asking what can be learned about the privatizing of security when seen through the global political economy (GPE) lens of work? By bringing feminist GPE insights into private security, we begin to see the ways in which the market and the men who participate within it are constituted through global economies of race, class and gender.

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