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essential to it – something that the ‘local turn’ in humanitarian thinking has not done, despite discussion of ‘shifting power’. Without these perspectives informing research and policy agendas, whatever comes next is unlikely to be very different for those previously robbed of power and voice. Mourning the end of an order responsible for mass human suffering, while that suffering continues, then becomes an indulgent act of self-delusion. Bibliography Dussel , E. ( 1993 ), ‘ Eurocentrism and Modernity (Introduction to the Frankfurt Lectures

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Humanitarianism in a Post-Liberal World Order

important in a world whose rules they did not write, allege that human rights and humanitarianism represent the soft-power version of Western modernity, another vector for the transmission of liberal-capitalist values and interests that threatens their hold on national power and resources. China, with its muscular conception of sovereignty and its no-questions-asked relationship with other authoritarian states, leads the way. These non-Western states can hardly be blamed for their scepticism given the degree to which humanitarians often attend crises

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Governing Precarity through Adaptive Design

privileging of the design principle over the need for, or even the possibility of, political change. Design Not Politics The computational turn and societal dependence on digital technologies has changed the way the world is understood and the status of humans within it ( Chandler, 2018 ). The privileging of the design principle is central to this change. Besides the spatial shift from circulation to connectivity, an ontological, epistemological and methodological translation has also taken place ( Duffield, 2018 ). While anticipating late-modernity, the

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Rethinking Digital Divides by Linda Leung

, among others) interested in understanding the role digital technology plays in the fulfilment of people’s communication and information needs. Bibliography Appadurai , A. ( 1996 ), Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization ( Minneapolis, MN : University of Minnesota Press ). Granovetter , M. S. ( 1973 ), ‘ The Strength of

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An Interview with Celso Amorim, Former Brazilian Foreign Minister

Introduction Rio de Janeiro, 20 August 2018 Outside, resentment festered in the deep tracks of modernity’s march. Inside, Celso Amorim sat back on his sofa, coddling a copy of E. V. Rieu’s English translation of The Iliad . ‘Sometimes I seek asylum in classical antiquity.’ There are surely more tranquil sites of refuge than Homer’s Troy. But it is perhaps fitting that Amorim should find comfort in a foundational tale of great power struggle. He has worked in foreign service for most of the last fifty years. He is the most decorated living

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Journalism practice, risk and humanitarian communication

of risk within globalisation has been duly noted by authors such as Beck, Peter Bernstein, Niklas Luhmann and Rifkin, amongst others. 25 According to Anthony Giddens, our society is increasingly preoccupied with the future, something that pushes to the centre stage the notion of risk. 26 Historically speaking, the notion of risk derives from the uncertainties that modernity has created. It is overall different from how we, as

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The Marshall Plan films about Greece

of classical antiquity onto Greece’s post-war modernity and precarious state of affairs. The Good Life was produced as part of the MP film series The Changing Face of Europe (1951), with each film focusing on one country and one theme (e.g. agriculture, health), but within the framework of European and international co-operation. 34 Apart from this common thread, each film in the series has a

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, Contradictions of Consumption: Concepts, Practices and Politics in Consumer Society ( Buckingham : Open University Press , 2000 ), p. 107 . 27 Z. Bauman , Liquid Modernity ( Cambridge : Polity Press , 2000 ); Bauman, Consuming Life

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Grassroots exceptionalism in humanitarian memoir

culture and its organic humanitarian knowledge, whose mastery he demonstrates by educating his readers about it. The Balti culture is represented in the book as itself a bearer of naive knowledge, outside the paradigms of modernity. Indeed, Mortenson is often quoted emphasising the danger of imposing ‘modern’ values and mechanisms on a people who ‘still held the key to a kind of uncomplicated happiness

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programme of each political party has revolved around its capacity to restore state authority and bring peace, democracy and development. For instance, Joseph Kabila based his 2006 campaign on the ‘five pledges’ (cinq chantiers) referring to development (Nzazi Mabidi 2006). This was pushed forward in the 2011 elections with the ‘Revolution of modernity’ (Na Raïs 2011). The programme is based on the promise of development, to make the DRC an emergent country by 2030 and a world power to join the BRICS countries by 2060 (Na Raïs 2011: 2). Kabila’s media platforms also

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