Paternalism beyond Borders

Paternalism beyond Borders

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Edited by Michael N. Barnett
Cambridge University Press, 11/24/2016
EAN 9781107176904, ISBN10: 1107176905

Hardcover, 363 pages, 23.5 x 15.7 x 2.3 cm
Language: English

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.

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