Nearly all of those who want to make the world a better place are engaged in paternalism. This book asks how power is intertwined with practices of global compassion. It argues that the concept of paternalism illuminates how care and control are involved in the everyday practices of humanitarianism, human rights, development and other projects designed to improve the lives of others. The authors explore whether and how the paternalism of the nineteenth century differs from the paternalism of today, and offer a provocative look at the power in global ethics, raising the question of whether, when, and how paternalism can be justified.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
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About the Author
Michael N. Barnett is University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at George Washington University. His research interests include the Middle East, humanitarian action, global governance, global ethics, and the United Nations. His most recent book is The Star and the Stripes: A History of the Foreign Policies of American Jews (2016).
Table of ContentsAcknowledgements; About the contributors; Part I. The Boundaries of Paternalism: 1. Only in the ballpark of paternalism: arrogance and liberty limitation in international humanitarian aid Henry S. Richardson; 2. Rethinking paternalism: the meaning of gender and sex in the politics of asylum Didier Fassin; Part II. Paternalism, Old and New: 3. Eurocentric pitfalls and paradoxes of international paternalism: decolonizing liberal humanitarianism 2.0 John M. Hobson; 4. The new international paternalism: international regimes David Chandler; Part III. The Social Relations of Paternalism: 5. Paternalism and peacebuilding: capacity, knowledge, and resistance in international intervention Séverine Autesserre; 6. Enabling or disabling paternalism: (in)attention to gender and women's knowledge, capacity and authority in humanitarian contexts Aisling Swaine; 7. The limits of consent: sex trafficking and the problem of international paternalism Sally Engle Merry and Vibhuti Ramachandran; 8. Modernity at the cutting edge: human rights meets FGM Stephen Hopgood; 9. Humanitarian refusals: Palestinian refugees and ethnographic perspectives on paternalism Ilana Feldman; Conclusion. The world according to paternalism Michael N. Barnett; Index.