The Issue of Gender and Armed Contractors

Authored by: Jutta Joachim , Andrea Schneiker

The Routledge Research Companion to Security Outsourcing in the Twenty-first Century

Print publication date:  June  2016
Online publication date:  June  2016

Print ISBN: 9781472426833
eBook ISBN: 9781315613376
Adobe ISBN: 9781317042228


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Cost-benefit analyses have for a long time been predominant in studies related to privatised security. They emphasise efficiency and effectiveness, focus on quantifiable and technical criteria, and are based on the assumption that PSCs are apolitical actors. In contrast, a gender perspective makes apparent the political nature of the industry by drawing attention to what forms an important, but much neglected, part of its power and success: the gendered hierarchies on which it rests.

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