Private Security Contractors in Darfur

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dc.contributor.author Leander, Anna en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-04T10:25:41Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-04T10:25:41Z
dc.date.issued 2006-12-05T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/6989
dc.description.abstract This article argues that the role of Private Security Contractors in Darfur reflects and reinforces neo-liberal governmentality in contemporary security governance. It is an argument (in line with other articles in this special issue) which is more interested in discussing how the privatization of security alters security practices (including those involving states) than in thinking about their impact on an idealised public monopoly on the use of force. To make its point, the article begins by drawing on Foucauldian work to clarify the meaning of neo-liberal governmentality in security. It underlines that governance is increasingly taking place through a set of (quasi-) markets, it is marked by entrepreneurial values, and a hands off approach to governance. We then discuss the way this overall change is reflected in and reinforced by the role of private security contractors in Darfur. Drawing on a framework of analysis inspired by Bourdieu, we show that neo-liberal governmentality is reflected in the dispositions of security actors as well as in their relative positions. The resulting security practices reinforce dispositions and positions that reproduce neo-liberal governmentality. Looking at these processes is necessary to understand the role of private security contractors in Darfur. But more than this, practices in Darfur entrench neo-liberal governmentality in security more generally. The managerial and ‘de-politicizing’ approach to security in Darfur displaces alternative views not only in the Darfuri context. It is taken into other contexts where it bolsters neo-liberal governmentality. This spiralling neo-liberal governmentality rather than diminished state control and authority is, we argue, the most significant consequence of the presence of private security contractors in Darfur. en_US
dc.format.extent 19 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working paper;2006-082 en_US
dc.title Private Security Contractors in Darfur en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt06dec05 mielmo en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Institut for Interkulturel Kommunikation og Ledelse en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort IKL en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of Intercultural Communication and Management en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort ICM en_US
dc.description.notes Earlier version of this paper were presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention: San Diego 22-25 March 2006 en_US
dc.description.notes A revised version is currently being peer reviewed for journal publication. en_US
dc.idnumber x656517874 en_US
dc.publisher.city København en_US
dc.publisher.year 2006 en_US
dc.title.subtitle Reflecting and Reinforcing Neo-Liberal Governmentality en_US


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