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Parades, parties and pests: contradictions of everyday life in peacekeeping economies

Henry, Marsha (2015) Parades, parties and pests: contradictions of everyday life in peacekeeping economies. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 9 (3). 372 - 390. ISSN 1750-2977

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17502977.2015.1070021


Based on research studies conducted in the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia in 2006, 2012 and 2013, this article argues that peacekeepers’ everyday experiences reflect a series of contradictory identities and performances with regard to nation, work and gender. Peacekeepers straddle paradoxical worlds simultaneously and manage oppositional demands and obligations, although it is often assumed that they inhabit peacekeeping economies in homogenous ways. Importantly, the experiences provide opportunities for peacekeepers to invest in, accumulate and deploy military capital; to consolidate their military identities; and to favourably and tactically position themselves as deserving and useful subjects within the peacekeeping landscape.

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Additional Information: © 2015 Taylor & Francis.
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2015 10:20
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2024 07:30

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