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The Everyday Consequences of Conflict: How Private Military and Security Companies Influence the Security of Women and Men in Territorial States
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

There is little research examining the consequences of private military and security companies (PMSCs) in territorial states, and even fewer so examining the consequences for people in territorial states. This study uses a large-N dataset to test the statistical relationship between the prevalence of PMSC events and the level of freedom of movement of women and men in hopes to partially fill this gap. I pose the question ‘how does the prevalence of PMSC events affect the freedom of movement of women and men in the territorial states they operate in?’ I proposed two hypotheses: first, there is a negative relationship between the number of PMSC events in a country-year and the level of freedom of movement; and second, that women experience a lower level of freedom of movement when compared to men in country-years with PMSC events. I find support for the first hypothesis and surprisingly find null-results for the second hypothesis. Throughout the study, I apply a gendered perspective, and develop a theoretical argument based in feminist security studies. The implications of my findings indicate that PMSC events have a detrimental effect on the freedom of movement in territorial states, but that future research is needed to determine the extent to which, and how, PMSC events affect women in comparison to men.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 67
Keywords [en]
Private Military and Security Companies; PMSC; Gender; Feminist Security Studies; Security; Human Security; Freedom of Movement
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-385167OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-385167DiVA, id: diva2:1323162
Subject / course
Peace and Conflict Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies
Presentation
2019-06-03, Uppsala, 17:01 (English)
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Available from: 2019-06-17 Created: 2019-06-11 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved

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