Practices Providing Order: The Private Military/Security Business and Global Security Governance

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Title: Practices Providing Order: The Private Military/Security Business and Global Security Governance
Author: Leander, Anna
Abstract: This paper explains, or perhaps better rationalizes, why I have ended up thinking that so called "practice” theory provides the most adequate entry point for theorizing about business in/and global governance.1 But more than this the key ambition is to spell out what it means to work with practice theory and what kind of leverage it gives for understanding the role of business in global governance. The paper therefore begins by an account of two major difficulties thinking in terms of practices are useful for circumventing. The general thrust of that section is to underline why it may be useful to think in terms of practices in the first place rather than sticking with some of its admittedly more parsimonious and less labor intense alternatives. The rest of the paper then tries to outline what it means (in my view) to work with practices. The second section focuses on how we know whose/what practices matter. It emphasizes the importance of allowing for contextual differentiation when mapping activities and their hierarchies. It also underscores the significance of remaining open about who and what is important. It points to the centrality of different forms of capital (economic, social, cultural and symbolic) in defining whose activities matter. But even more strongly it links up with actor-network-theory’s insight that also objects and technologies "act” in social relations.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/7024
Date: 2008-04-28
Notes: The third section suggests that to fully grasp the why practices work as they do and why specific activities and actors within practices come dominate it is necessary to look at dispositions and taken for granted views. It underlines that although the hab

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