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Soumita Basu, Paul Kirby, and Laura Shepherd

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529207743

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529207743.001.0001

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Towards a Postcolonial, Anti-Racist, Anti-Militarist Feminist Mode of Weapons Control

Towards a Postcolonial, Anti-Racist, Anti-Militarist Feminist Mode of Weapons Control

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(p.153) 10 Towards a Postcolonial, Anti-Racist, Anti-Militarist Feminist Mode of Weapons Control
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New Directions in Women, Peace and Security
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Anna Stavrianakis

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529207743.003.0010

The last decade has seen some notable feminist successes in the regulation of the international arms trade, one of the ‘hardest’ areas of international security. Nonetheless, they have not been straightforward or clear-cut gains. Feminist critiques of militarism indicate the scale of the ongoing challenges around weapons control. Furthermore, feminist analysis has long had an ambivalent relationship with anti-racist and postcolonial politics. The argument of this chapter is that efforts to integrate gender into initiatives to regulate or abolish the arms trade are inadequate unless they also centre racial and postcolonial politics within and between states and unless they address more directly the question of when the use of force is justified. The chapter discusses the overlapping imperatives of postcolonial, anti-racist and anti-militarist politics for feminist modes of weapons control as a contribution to the next generation of WPS scholarship.

Keywords:   arms trade, weapons, gender, race, postcolonial, militarism

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