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Using postcolonial analysis coupled with fieldwork in both Afghanistan and Nepal, I argue that contemporary colonial relations within private security make possible a gender and racial hierarchy of security contractors. This hierarchy of contractors results in vastly different conditions of possibilities depending on the contractors' histories and nationalities. Empirically documenting perspectives from Gurkhas, constituted as third country national (TCNs) security contractors, this article contributes to the existing critical theory and gender in both private military security company literature and postcolonial studies by (1) providing a needed racial and gendered analysis from the position of the racialized security contractors and (2) empirically documenting a growing subaltern group of men participating as security contractors.
Author(s): Chisholm A
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: International Feminist Journal of Politics
Print publication date: 01/01/2014
Online publication date: 14/05/2013
Date deposited: 23/01/2015
ISSN (print): 1461-6742
ISSN (electronic): 1468-4470
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