- Armament and disarmament
- Conflict, peace and security
- Peace and development
The arms industry produces military equipment and provides services to armed forces and ministries of defence worldwide. In 2014 the sales of the world’s 100 largest arms producing and military services companies (excluding China) totalled US $401 billion. Defence and security exhibitions, or ‘arms fairs’, provide global fora for the defence community to network, present emerging technologies and secure procurement contracts with national governments. Symbolically, it is also a venue where ‘threats to national security’ and their solutions are framed and defined through marketing materials, presentations and demonstrations.
Despite the central role that arms fairs play in military spending and the conceptualization of security, they are relatively understudied. This project interrogates the relationship between militarization, national security and gender in arms marketing and critically examines the symbolic representation of gender in the marketing of arms.