The Private Militarized and Security Contractor as Geocorporeal Actor

Paul R Higate

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As a consequence of the ontological and epistemological traditions
dominating the private and military security company literature to date,
the embodied dimensions of the industry have been overlooked. The
current article addresses this lacuna through a phenomenological focus
on the links between military corporeal conditioning, possibilities for the
industry’s emergence, and the impact of contractors on security. I
develop the concept of geocorporeality to make explicit the geopolitical relevance
of security contractors’ military trained bodies. The article concludes
by drawing out the implications of this embodied line of enquiry
for questions of contractor accountability and agent intentionality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-372
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Political Sociology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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