Intervening in a Diverse World: Revisiting the Problem of Difference in International Statebuilding



Bargues-Pédreny, Pol and Mathieu, XPE ORCID: 0000-0001-7541-7378
(2019) Intervening in a Diverse World: Revisiting the Problem of Difference in International Statebuilding. In: Handbook on Intervention and Statebuilding. Edward Elgar.

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Abstract

Can the pessimism regarding the possibility to support statebuilding in a diverse world be reversed? In this chapter we argue that the current miasma of despair regarding international interventions is the result of three successive errors: silencing, problematizing and stigmatising cultural difference. After examining these three errors, we suggest three new starting points: approaching difference as multidimensional, refusing to essentialise difference, and focusing on the power relations that make difference exist in the first place. By putting ‘difference’ centre stage, our ambition is to reveal new analytical strategies that go beyond the impasse in which the field of statebuilding finds itself.

Item Type: Book Section
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2019 14:24
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2020 09:52
DOI: 10.4337/9781788116237.00014
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URI: http://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3057012