Powers of the Gun Process and Possibility in Global Small Arms Control

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Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) are the principal tools of armed violence, but the development of a global ‘regime’ has been a fragmented and fragile process that reinforces sovereignty more than it regulates violence. This article argues that rather than a settled regime, the global processes on SALW is better understood as a ‘global assemblage’. Drawing on ‘new materialism’ and process philosophy, the article does not seek to explain a regime through power but to explain power through its assemblage. It shows how powers are produced as a global collective for action on SALW is composed. This composition of powers operates not only by producing agreements, but by creating and proliferating the possibilities to disagree, re-composing the meanings of decision and consensus, and generating objects for cooperation that constitute particular modes of global action that render guns governable.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-461
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Politics
Issue number3-4
Early online date10 Oct 2017
Publication statusPublished - May 2018


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