Policing "conjugal order": gender, hybridity and vernacular security in Fiji

George, Nicole (2017) Policing "conjugal order": gender, hybridity and vernacular security in Fiji. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 19 1: 55-70. doi:10.1080/14616742.2017.1283248

Author George, Nicole
Title Policing "conjugal order": gender, hybridity and vernacular security in Fiji
Journal name International Feminist Journal of Politics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1461-6742
Publication date 2017-04-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14616742.2017.1283248
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 19
Issue 1
Start page 55
End page 70
Total pages 16
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract This article develops a feminist critique of debate on hybrid forms of governance in global politics by demonstrating the gendered implications (and limitations) of hybridized approaches to security provision. The conceptual approach that frames my enquiry puts arguments advancing the benefits of multilayered and hybridized security into dialogue with ethnographic enquiry on “vernacular” security and feminist study of “conjugal order.” I contend that this conceptual approach is particularly productive for examining the gendered policing outcomes that can be produced in environments where vernacular influences – customary and religious – inflect prevailing idioms of security and order. To further defend this claim, I apply this conceptual approach to a case study of gender and policing in Fiji. Although there has been a strong state rhetoric of progressive reform on gender policy in this context, efforts to reform policing have been hamstrung by longstanding customary and religious discourses that emphasize the defense of conjugal norms as foundational to the achievement of order and safety. I show how this scenario has encouraged a practical policing of gender and sexuality that is restrictive for women generally and may expose particular groups of women to direct forms of insecurity and violence.
Keyword Violence against women
Community policing
Pacific Islands
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Tue, 11 Apr 2017, 22:43:46 EST by Nicole George on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies