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, conflict keeps erupting and military means are prevalent. After the last major crisis, different national, regional and international actors seem to have renewed their commitment to more serious solutions, tackling the conflict on several levels. Yet the everyday life of the rural classes has not changed substantially. The proxy wars between the DRC and Rwanda, their mutual instrumentalisation, the reliance on the military to assert state authority in a political context that has an important democratic and development deficit have only entrenched the conflict

in Everyday resistance, peacebuilding and state-making
Cinema, news media and perception management of the Gaza conflicts

’s continuing actions against the Palestinians as it is about the past. The different perspective offered by Where Should the Birds Fly Palestinians have challenged the perception management of mainstream media by creating their own images of both the destruction and everyday life in Gaza, in which they feature as agents and actors in their own narratives. Where Should the Birds

in Global humanitarianism and media culture
Offline and online games, branding and humanitarianism at the Roskilde Festival

by moving from grey/dark everyday life to a bright and lit-up gym setting: Birgitte: Annika has always been particularly sensitive – that was what I called it – we kind of gave it our own name. When she turned ten she suddenly became really, really ill and unfortunately it took more than a year for her to get a

in Global humanitarianism and media culture
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questions and struggles. Humanitarian media is typically constituted by revelatory yet routine representations of emergency and exigency aimed at the prompt solicitation of sympathy and solidarity. As Erica Bornstein and Peter Redfield suggest, contemporary humanitarianism ‘remains inherently presentist’ due to its concern for ‘the lives and welfare of those now living’: ‘the life-saving norm of international aid … at its core seeks

in Global humanitarianism and media culture
Grassroots exceptionalism in humanitarian memoir

, to ‘become a student all over again’, to learn how to grasp the realities of everyday life outside of ‘traditional book learning’ (ix). Instead of the macro the micro will be his analytical lens, as it will eventually be the foundation of his humanitarian enterprise: naively shifting from universal, systems-based thinking to the point of view of the radical particular. In an echo of Mortenson’s tutelage under Haji

in Global humanitarianism and media culture
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The management of migration between care and control

Mediterranean as a place where the ‘state of exception’ takes place and migrants are reduced to ‘bare life’ – excluded from the sphere of human values, civic rights and moral obligations – contributes to obscure the structural role of European border policies and everyday practices in these deaths. 63 As such, the consolidation of Europe’s external borders, the implementation of Schengen and the restrictive

in Global humanitarianism and media culture
Problematising the normative connection

everyday language. 15 Apart from the absence of consensual definition and conceptualisation, there is also the added difficulty posed by the expression ‘normative research/theory’. This difficulty does not necessarily arise from the definition or meaning of norm and normative. Normative theory seems to refer to three distinct types of intellectual activity, which are not, however, always or entirely

in The United Nations, intra-state peacekeeping and normative change
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Television and the politics of British humanitarianism

land where destitution and death are not only widespread, but have become a normal part of everyday life. As Dimbleby states, ‘these people are now without hope. They’ve seen mothers and fathers and sons and daughters, weaken and die. Now family by family they await the same end’. The powerful opening shot is followed by an extended discussion between Dimbleby and one of the few medical professionals at

in Global humanitarianism and media culture

more parochial criteria for membership, such as region, clan or tribe. The obverse of membership inclusion is the delineation of difference and the construction of Others, whether as friends, enemies, or specific value-neutral outsiders.7 The second, normative marker concerns the fundamental social values of 30 2504Chap2 7/4/03 12:38 pm Page 31 Contested national identities the group as a whole. Such categorisations of identity go beyond the ‘who’ of membership to include the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of political life: honour, role or purpose, power and so forth. Whether

in Limiting institutions?