Series editor: John Horne, Professor of Sport and Sociology, University of Central Lancashire, UK
Public interest in sport studies continues to grow throughout the
world. This series brings together the latest work in the field and
acts as a global knowledge hub for interdisciplinary work in sport
studies. While promoting work across disciplines, the series focuses
on social scientific and cultural studies of sport. It brings
together the most innovative scholarly empirical and theoretical
work, from within the UK and internationally.
Books previously published in this series by Bloomsbury:
Global Media Sport:
Flows, Forms and FuturesDavid
Japanese Women and
Sport: Beyond Baseball and SumoRobin
Sport for Development
and Peace: A Critical SociologySimon
Englishness, Empire and IdentityDominic
Sport and Social
Movements: From the Local to the GlobalJean
Harvey, John Horne, Parissa
Safai, Simon Darnell and Sebastien
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This chapter examines the main issues at stake in the present-day heated debate regarding intervention between those adamantly opposed to any such notion, which they regard as an oxymoron; and those supportive of saving lives with the use of external armed force in exceptional cases, even without UN authorization, when extended massacres take place with no end in sight. The chapter also presents the situation on the ground during the Cold War and from 1989 onwards and refers to the recent notion of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) adopted at UN level in 2005. It concludes with the main nine questions discussed among supporters of humanitarian intervention, including legitimacy, the threshold of suffering (ethnic cleansing, genocide, etc.), the timing of intervention, the motives and the question of abuse by large powers.