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Security Privatization and Global Security Assemblages

Privatization of Security
Rita Abrahamsen
Michael Williams

Security privatization is a global phenomenon, and worldwide private security actors play prominent roles across a spectrum of activities, ranging from the daily protection of public spaces to engagement in international warfare. It is tempting to interpret this rebirth of private actors as a threat to the power and authority of the sovereign state, or even as an indication of state failure and imminent social breakdown. While there may be some truth to such interpretations