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Title: State/corporation/security : relations, practices, governmentality
Author: Kanapathipillai, Vinothini
ISNI:       0000 0004 7960 6311
Awarding Body: SOAS University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2018
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This dissertation argues that emergent discursive practices of security are transforming state-corporate relations in ways that produce increasingly tighter integration of state and corporate forms. Conventional analysis of the expanding and proliferating role of corporations in diverse security domains take for granted the centrality of 'the state' in relation to 'security', as well as a specific understanding of the state (i.e. in Weberian terms) and therefore its relations with other ('non-state') entities such as corporations. By contrast this dissertation argues that a focus on the actual practices in and through which state-corporate relations are re/produced reveals that the key effect of discursive practices of security, in diverse domains, is to generate forms of tighter integration between state and corporation. In this dissertation, both states and corporations are understood as aggregates of practices – i.e. as fluid and contingent bundles of relations that are stabilised and attain agential properties – that belie conventional analytical separations such as state/corporation and public/private. This is not to argue that such conceptual divides are meaningless (and thus analysis is better served by frameworks such as 'assemblages' or 'hybridity'), but that these conceptual divides acquire meanings within specific security domains. Further, it is to argue that these divides are continually re/produced through practices, and any understanding of the boundary has to begin with a focus on these practices, rather than with a priori assumptions about states and corporations or public and private. This is because the boundary is internal to the relations between states and corporations rather than something that is external to states and corporations understood as pre-formed and bounded social entities. The dissertation will consider three security domains, namely, the use of military force, resilience and peacebuilding.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral