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The gendered and colonial lives of Gurkhas in private security, from military to market, Amanda Chisholm.

This book explores the ways in which affect, colonial histories, and militarism organise global security workforces within private military and security companies (PMSCs). It locates its analysis with Gurkhas; a group of militarised men from Nepal with over 200-years of military experience with the British and Indian armies and the Singaporean police, who now participate as security contractors in global markets. These men are celebrated in British popular culture for their heroic martial attributes and their broader military service to the United Kingdom. However, less known, is the fact that many Gurkhas located back in Nepal and their families are drawn into these markets under often exploitative relations. Drawing upon over a decade of ethnographic fieldwork with unprecedented access to these security communities throughout Nepal and in Afghanistan, the book's motivating questions are how security is made through these market relations and how is this security experienced by Gurkhas and their families
Table Of Contents
Preface by Cynthia Enloe; 1. Bringing Gurkhas to Market: Race, Gender and Global Economies of Security Workforces; 2. Affective Relations to Militarism; 3. Bringing Martial Race to Market: Imperial Encounters, Militarism and the Making of Gurkhas; 4. Locating Love in the Gurkha Security Package; 5. The Happy Gurkha Housewife; 6. Race, Gender and the Political Economy of Feeling Secure; 7. Slow Death and Failure in the Life-Building of Gurkha Communities; References
Literary Form
non fiction
1st ed.
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 19 Oct 2023)
Physical Description
1 online resource (xiii, 218 pages), digital, PDF file(s).
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