The Private Militarized and Security Contractor as Geocorporeal Actor



As a consequence of the ontological and epistemological traditions dominating the private military and security company literature to date, the embodied dimensions of the industry have been overlooked. The current article addresses this lacuna through a phenomenological focus on the links between military corporeal conditioning, possibilities for the industry's emergence, and the impact of contractors on security. I develop the concept of geocorporeality to make explicit the geopolitical relevance of security contractors' military trained bodies. The article concludes by drawing out the implications of this embodied line of enquiry for questions of contractor accountability and agent intentionality.