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Routledge Handbook of Private Security Studies

Edited by: Rita Abrahamsen , Anna Leander

Print publication date:  October  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415729352
eBook ISBN: 9781315850986
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This new Handbook offers a comprehensive overview of current research on private security and military companies, comprising essays by leading scholars from around the world.

The increasing privatization of security across the globe has been the subject of much debate and controversy, inciting fears of private warfare and even the collapse of the state. This volume provides the first comprehensive overview of the range of issues raised by contemporary security privatization, offering both a survey of the numerous roles performed by private actors and an analysis of their implications and effects. Ranging from the mundane to the spectacular, from secretive intelligence gathering and neighbourhood surveillance to piracy control and warfare, this Handbook shows how private actors are involved in both domestic and international security provision and governance. It places this involvement in historical perspective, and demonstrates how the impact of security privatization goes well beyond the security field to influence diverse social, economic and political relationships and institutions. Finally, this volume analyses the evolving regulation of the global private security sector. Seeking to overcome the disciplinary boundaries that have plagued the study of private security, the Handbook promotes an interdisciplinary approach and contains contributions from a range of disciplines, including international relations, politics, criminology, law, sociology, geography and anthropology.

This book will be of much interest to students of private security companies, global governance, military studies, security studies and IR in general.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Private Force and the Making of States, c. 1100–1500 Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The ‘Private’ Origin of Modern ‘Public’ Policing Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Private Force and the Emergence of the International System Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Company Sovereigns, Private Violence and Colonialism Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Private Security Guards Download PDF
Chapter  6:  PMSCs in Maritime Security and Anti-Piracy Control Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Privatizing Military Logistics Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Privatizing Intelligence Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Cyber-Security and Private Actors Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Private Eyes Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Enduring Challenges of Security Privatization in the Humanitarian Space Download PDF
Chapter  12:  PMSCs in International Security Sector Reform Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Global Security Assemblages Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The Privatization of Security Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Military Migrants and Mercenary Markets Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Private Security and Gender Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Private Security’s Role in Shaping US Foreign Policy Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Postcoloniality and Race in Global Private Security Markets Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Security Fairs Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The Privatization of Punishment in the United States Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Private Security and the Migration Control Industry Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Norms and Regulation Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The Extension of International Human Rights Law to Private Military and Security Companies Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The Legal Framework for the Armed Forces and the Regulation of Private Security Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Regulation through Procurement Policies Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Transnational Business Governance through Standards and Codes of Conduct Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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