Dark Threats and White Knights: The Somalia Affair, Peacekeeping, and the New Imperialism / Edition 2

Dark Threats and White Knights: The Somalia Affair, Peacekeeping, and the New Imperialism / Edition 2

by Sherene Razack
     
 

The exposure of racist violence perpetrated by Canadian peacekeeping troops in Somalia, and the subsequent military trials and national inquiry, which came to be known as the Somalia Affair, is used as a case study in the construction of a modern "color line" between "civilized" white nations and "uncivilized" Third World nations. Tellingly prefacing her book with… See more details below

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The exposure of racist violence perpetrated by Canadian peacekeeping troops in Somalia, and the subsequent military trials and national inquiry, which came to be known as the Somalia Affair, is used as a case study in the construction of a modern "color line" between "civilized" white nations and "uncivilized" Third World nations. Tellingly prefacing her book with Kipling's "The White Man's Burden," Razack (sociology and equity studies in education, U. of Toronto) argues that the legal narratives employed in the courtroom exposes the construction of a national narrative "of a middle-power peacekeeping nation and a global one about a family of civilized nations forced to stand together to confront 'absolute evil.'" Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802086631
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
230
Sales rank:
1,473,374
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
'The White Man's Burden,' Rudyard Kiplingxi
Introduction: 'Savage Wars of Peace'3
1Those Who 'Witness the Evil': Peacekeeping as Trauma15
I.Those Who 'Witness the Evil'18
II.On Being the Hero's Friend: Canadian Investments in Peacekeeping32
III.Sending in the Warriors: 'The Spread of Non-Democratic Regimes and Human Rights Abuses'39
2Men from the 'Clean Snows of Petawawa'51
I.Masculinities That Make the White Nation57
II.Operation Deliverance67
3'Outwhiting the White Guys?' Men of Colour and the Murder of Shidane Abukar Arone87
I.'A Significant Opposition of Values'91
II.The Bully and the Weak Soldier101
4Bad Apples and a Nation Wronged: Public Truth and the Somalia Affair116
I.The Disappearance of Race119
II.Race as Culture135
III.Ill-Prepared and Rudderless Soldiers and a Nation Wronged141
Conclusion: Acting Morally in the New World Order: Lessons from Peacekeeping153
I.The Role of Racism in the New World Order155
II.Superfluous Human Beings and Evil as Policy158
Notes167
Bibliography207
Index227

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