New humanitarians? Frame appropriation through private military and security companies

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Joachim, J.; Schneiker, A.: New humanitarians? Frame appropriation through private military and security companies. In: Millennium: Journal of International Studies 40 (2012), Nr. 2, S. 365-388. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0305829811425890

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Although private military and security companies (PMSCs) are gaining increasing importance, they still suffer from an image problem. In the media, they are frequently referred to as 'mercenaries' or 'dogs of war'. PMSCs are therefore interested in presenting themselves as legitimate and acceptable contract parties. Based on a discourse analysis of the homepages of select PMSCs and the industry association International Stability Operations Association (ISOA), and drawing on the framing literature, we examine one way in which companies respond to such negative labels. We show not only that PMSCs provide supplemental logistics or security for the staff of humanitarian organisations confronted with complex emergencies and ever-more dangerous missions, but also that these companies appropriate the humanitarian frame discursively, emphasising those elements that fit their interests and needs. To present themselves as 'new humanitarians', PMSCs employ primarily two kinds of strategies: naming and forging alliances with more traditional humanitarian actors. Their growing involvement in this field may not be without consequences and may contribute to the blurring of lines between military and civilian missions. © The Author(s) 2012.
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Issue Date: 2012
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1 image of flag of Slovakia Slovakia 1,058 55.02%
2 image of flag of Germany Germany 245 12.74%
3 image of flag of United States United States 167 8.68%
4 image of flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom 55 2.86%
5 image of flag of France France 53 2.76%
6 image of flag of Czech Republic Czech Republic 39 2.03%
7 image of flag of Russian Federation Russian Federation 37 1.92%
8 image of flag of Netherlands Netherlands 26 1.35%
9 image of flag of No geo information available No geo information available 25 1.30%
10 image of flag of Europe Europe 20 1.04%
    other countries 198 10.30%

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