'Mercenary Masculinities' Imagine Security: The Case of the Private Military Contractor

Lead Research Organisation: University of Bristol
Department Name: Politics

Abstract

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Description 'Aversions to Masculine Excess in the Private Military and Security Company and their Effects: Don't be a "Billy Big Bollocks" and beware the "Ninja"'. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact This seminar presentation considered the gendered and national masculine hierarchies fostered through the identity work of British and U.S contractors
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Description 'Aversions to Masculine Excess in the Private Military and Security Company and their Effects: Don't be a "Billy Big Bollocks" and beware the "Ninja"'. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact This seminar presentation considered the hierarchy of masculinites shaped by gender and national identity and what this means for security practice
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Description 'Cowboys and Professionals: The Politics of Identity Work in the Private and Military Security Company' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Precursor to paper published in Millennium: Journal of International Studies with same title
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Description 'Enforcement Masculinities and Men from the Global South: Complex Complicities and Contradictions in the Private Military Security Company' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact This seminar presentation considered the experiences of Third Country National (TCN) contractors in both symbolic and material terms with a focus on their place in a wider hierarchy of masculinities.
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Description 'Enforcement Masculinities and Men from the Global South: Complex Complicities and Contradictions in the Private Military Security Company'. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact This seminar presentation discussed for the first time the nexus that links masculinity with Third Country National (TCN) contractors with a focus on their position in the broader hierarchy of contractor masculinities.
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Description 'Entrepreneurs in Violence? Men, Masculinities and Private Military Security Companies' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact This keynote speech outlined a future research agenda linking critical men's studies with the Private Military and Security Company
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Description 'Identity Work as Material Practice: Men, Masculinities and the Private Military Contractor' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact This seminar presentation provided a summary of the project to-date with a focus on gendered cultural and historical trajectories helping to make possible particular high and low profile security practice
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Description 'Identity Work as Material Practice: Men, Masculinities and the Private Military Contractor'. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Pre-published draft of Millennium article - see ref.
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Description 'Identity Work as Material Practice: Men, Masculinities and the Private Military Contractor.' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact This seminar presentation to the Law School at the University of Melbourne focused on the gendered hierarchies shaping security practice and what these might mean for questions of accountability and contractor 'impunity'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description 'Identity Work as Material Practice: Men, Masculinities and the Private Military Contractor.' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact A summary of project findings with a focus on the historical, gendered and cultural trajectories of contractor masculinities in the U.S and the UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description 'Martial Races and Enforcement Masculinities of the Global South: Weaponizing Fijian, Chilean and Salvadoran Postcoloniality in the Mercenary Sector. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact This seminar presentation discussed the racial and gendered hiearchies configuring social relations in the Private Military and Security sphere in both material and symbolic terms.
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Description 'Men, Masculinities and the Close Protection Officer in the world of the Private and Military Security Contractor'. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact The seminar presentation was published in Millennium: Journal of International Studies as 'Cowboys and Professionals: The Politics of Identity Work in the Private Military and Security Company'
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Description 'Mercenary Masculinities Imagine Security: The Case of the Private Military Contractor' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/Parliamentarians
Results and Impact Summary of research to stakeholders involved in drafting the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers

Section not completed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description 'No Place for Billy Big Bollocks: Men, Masculinities and the Close Protection Officer in the world of the Private and Military Security Contractor'. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact This seminar presentation represented an early draft of a book chapter of the same name to be published in the book: Gender and the Privatization of Military Security
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description 'Paul Slough: 'Mercenary Killer or Embodied Veteran?' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact This lecture was used to present a draft chapter of the same name in the book entitled: Corporeality: The Body and Society
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description 'The Private Militarised and Security Contractor as Geocorporeal Actor' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact This paper was published in the journal of International Political Sociology
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Description 'Vodka from the "Butt Crack", Homoeroticism, Men, Masculinities and the Private Military Security Company. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact This seminar presentation discussed the fratriarchal and racial character of Armorgroup contractors at the U.S Embassy in Kabul Afghanistan.
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Description 'Vodka from the "Butt Crack", Homoeroticism, Men, Masculinities and the Private Military Security Company. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact This seminar presentation outlined the events of the so-called 'Kabul Hazing' where members of Armorgroup (US) took part in racialised and homoerotic activities characteristic of their fratriarchal culture and with consequences for the wider security climate.
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Description Article written in Huffington Post about the project's Critical Impact Report: The Politics of Profile 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article written in Huffington Post about the project's Critical Impact: The Politics of Profile, available at:



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-isenberg/military-contractors_b_2468620.html

Section not completed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Article written in Huffington Post on paper 'Drinking Vodka from the Butt Crack' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article written on paper 'Drinking Vodka from the Butt Crack'. Available at:



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-isenberg/intramasculine-bonds-and-cracks_b_2313357.html

Section not completed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-isenberg/intramasculine-bonds-and-cracks_b_2313357.html
 
Description Discussion of Critical Impact Report in the House of Lords 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/Parliamentarians
Results and Impact Critical Impact Report discussed in House of Lords, availabe at:



http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201213/ldhansrd/text/121030-0001.htm

Section not completed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201213/ldhansrd/text/121030-0001.htm
 
Description From Subjectivity to Material Practice: Men, Masculinities and the Private Military Contractor 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact This seminar presentation represents draws on a set of questions that will eventually form the main tenets of the monograph concerning the historical, cultural and gendered trajectories that make possible the high versus low profile security binary
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Huffington Post article on paper 'Cowboys and Professionals' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article written in Huffington Post on paper 'Cowboys and Professionals'. Available at:



http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-isenberg/iraq-contractors_b_1209606.html

Section not completed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Private and Military Security Companies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Radio ABC (Australia) interview on project, available at:



http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rearvision/private-military-and-security-companies/4210590

Section not completed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/rearvision/private-military-and-security-companies/4210...
 
Description Radio 4's Thinking Allowed discussing paper 'Cowboys and Professionals' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Live interview for Radio 4's Thinking Allowed Programme, to access podcast:



http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01d2fll/Thinking_Allowed_Private_military_security_whisky_tourism/

Section not completed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01d2fll/Thinking_Allowed_Private_military_security_whisky_tour...