Powerless by Design-CL

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September 2000



A critical examination of the rise of the "international community" and its doctrines in post-Cold War politics, looking at specific sites of political struggle such as Somalia, Rwanda, and the Balkans.


Acknowledgements A puzzling chiasm A new doctrine A radical critique 1. Misguiding definitions 2. Self-serving motives 3. Obfuscating policies I Humanitarianism II Diplomacy III Reconstruction IV Justice 4. Self-fulfilling prophecies An ambiguous evolution An unsettling message An emerging polarization Notes


Michel Feher is Founding Editor and Publisher of Zone Books in New York. He most recently edited "The Libertine Reader: Eroticism and Enlightenment in 18th-Century France."


"Powerless by Design is necessary reading for anyone concerned within the contemporary politics of human rights. Feher offers a lucid and incisive indictment of the humanitarian pretensions of the international community." - Robert Post, University of California, Berkeley "Extremely provocative and informative, this book should quickly become the center of political debate among liberal and left scholars and activists. The book deftly lays out the paradox of a discourse on human rights and international obligations that under certain political conditions undermines the very principles at stake" - Judith Butler, author of The Psychic Life of Power: Theories in Subjection "Michel Feher is a keen and lucid analyzer of doctrines and hypocrisies, and in Powerless by Design he has given us a truly valuable analysis of the doctrines and hypocrisies of right now." - Paul Berman, author of A Tale of Two Utopias: The Political Journey of the Generation of 1968
EAN: 9780822326052
ISBN: 0822326051
Untertitel: 'Public Planet Books'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2000
Seitenanzahl: 184 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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