chapter  14
26 Pages

An Experiment in Transition from Military to Human Security

ByAsha Hans

In the last two decades feminist writers and activists have been trying to draw attention to problems associated with the national security paradigm. Built on unifying and centralizing norms of nationalism and state power, the rhetoric and practice of national security constructs globally an explicit militarized nationalism. This militarization meant to protect citizens has become a source of extreme threat to them. In a globalized economy, as arms productions increase and weapons are easily available, many states fi nd themselves vulnerable and consequently increase their own arsenals. The result of this inane arms race has been the excessive violence used against civilians, especially on borders which become only cartographic spaces signifying no difference between one’s own citizen and the enemy.