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Gender and the Globalization of Violence: The Treacherous Terrain of Privatised Peacekeeping


Hudson, Heidi. 2004. "Gender and the Globalization of Violence: The Treacherous Terrain of Privatised Peacekeeping." Agenda 59: 42-55.

Author: Heidi Hudson


This article examines how globalisation has transformed the state's security functions and monopoly over violence. The expansion of the global arms dynamic and privatisation indicate increased (re)militarisation which threatens a norm-driven and people-centred global security order. A feminist conceptualisation of globalised security is necessary to remind us not to overestimate the extent to which power has become removed from the state and to offer theoretical and practical insights on how a fusion of masculine and feminine values may assist human and state security. Progress has recently been made in mainstreaming gender in peacekeeping operations, but much still needs to be done regarding implementation. Progress is also threatened by the increased use of private military companies which operate outside of generally acceptable accountability norms. Regulating these companies through international law is a possible solution which could also serve gender mainstreaming objectives. This option may be costly since it entrenches using force in conflict resolution. This could only prove detrimental to the fostering of comprehensive security based on gender justice.

Keywords: privatized peacekeeping, peacekeeping, globalization, global arms dynamic, global security sector

Topics: Gender, Masculinity/ies, Femininity/ies, Globalization, International Law, Peacekeeping, Security

Year: 2004


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