New humanitarians? Frame appropriation through private military and security companies

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dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.15488/3025
dc.identifier.uri http://www.repo.uni-hannover.de/handle/123456789/3055
dc.contributor.author Joachim, Jutta
dc.contributor.author Schneiker, Andrea
dc.date.accessioned 2018-03-01T12:10:32Z
dc.date.available 2018-03-01T12:10:32Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation 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
dc.description.abstract 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. eng
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher London : SAGE Publications Ltd.
dc.relation.ispartofseries Millennium: Journal of International Studies 40 (2012), Nr. 2
dc.rights Es gilt deutsches Urheberrecht. Das Dokument darf zum eigenen Gebrauch kostenfrei genutzt, aber nicht im Internet bereitgestellt oder an Außenstehende weitergegeben werden. Dieser Beitrag ist aufgrund einer (DFG-geförderten) Allianz- bzw. Nationallizenz frei zugänglich.
dc.subject Humanitarianism eng
dc.subject Identity eng
dc.subject Private military and security companies eng
dc.subject.ddc 320 | Politik ger
dc.title New humanitarians? Frame appropriation through private military and security companies eng
dc.type article
dc.type Text
dc.relation.issn 0305-8298
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1177/0305829811425890
dc.bibliographicCitation.issue 2
dc.bibliographicCitation.volume 40
dc.bibliographicCitation.firstPage 365
dc.bibliographicCitation.lastPage 388
dc.description.version publishedVersion
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