Contemporary States of Emergency: The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions

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Drawing on the critical insights of anthropologists, legal scholars, political scientists, and practitioners from the field, Contemporary States of Emergency first examines the historical antecedents as well as the moral, juridical, ideological, and economic conditions that have made military and humanitarian interventions possible today. It ten addresses the practical process of intervention in global situations on five continents, illustrating the diversity as well as the parallels between contemporary forms of...

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Overview

Drawing on the critical insights of anthropologists, legal scholars, political scientists, and practitioners from the field, Contemporary States of Emergency first examines the historical antecedents as well as the moral, juridical, ideological, and economic conditions that have made military and humanitarian interventions possible today. It ten addresses the practical process of intervention in global situations on five continents, illustrating the diversity as well as the parallels between contemporary forms of military and humanitarian interventions. Finally, it investigates the ethical and political consequences of the generalization of states of emergency and the humanitarian government that they entail. The authors thus seek to understand a critical question that confronts the world today: How and why have military and humanitarian interventions transformed the international order such that what was once a logic of exception has now become the rule of contemporary global politics?

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"Contemporary States of Emergency demands that we rethink the very nature of violence, benevolence, and vulnerability in the face of what Paula Vasquez Lezama felicitously calls 'compassionate militarization." Gil Anidjar, author of Semites: Race, Religion, Literature

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935408000
  • Publisher: Zone Books
  • Publication date: 5/31/2010
  • Pages: 406
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Didier Fassin is James Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and Director of Studies in Anthropology at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales. His recent publications include When Bodies Remember: Experience and Politics of AIDS in South Africa. Mariella Pandolfi is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Montreal.

Mariella Pandolfi is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Montreal.

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