By Audra Mitchell
International intervention isn't just approximately ‘saving’ human lives: it's also an try and safe humanity’s position within the universe.
This e-book explores the Western secular ideals that underpin modern practices of intervention—most importantly, ideals approximately lifestyles, demise and the dominance of humanity. those ideals form a variety of practices: the concept people may still intrude while human lives are at stake; analyses of violence and damage; practices of intervention and peace-building; and logics of killing and letting die. satirically, in spite of the fact that, the Western secular wish to make sure the meaningfulness of human existence in any respect bills contributes to tactics of dehumanization, undercutting the elemental ambitions of intervention. To discover this paradox, overseas Intervention in an earthly Age engages with examples from all over the world, and attracts on interdisciplinary resources: anthropologies of secularity and IR, posthumanist political philosophy, ontology and the sociology of death.
This ebook deals new perception into perennial difficulties, reminiscent of the reluctance of intervenors to incur fatalities, and foreign inactivity within the face of escalating violence. It additionally exposes new dilemmas, resembling the dehumanizing results of?quantifying casualties, Western secular logics of killing, and the appropriation of lives and deaths via peace-building techniques. it will likely be of serious curiosity to scholars and students of diplomacy, political philosophy, foreign ethics and social anthropology.
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International Intervention in a Secular Age: Re-Enchanting Humanity? (Interventions) by Audra Mitchell