Building the other, constructing ourselves: spatial dimensions of international humanitarian response

Smirl, Lisa (2008) Building the other, constructing ourselves: spatial dimensions of international humanitarian response. International Political Sociology, 2 (3). pp. 236-253. ISSN 1749-5679

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Abstract

Humanitarian reconstruction after a large-scale natural disaster has become a key site of international politics; a site where global assumptions, relationships, and responsibilities are negotiated, solidified and questioned. While post-crisis response strategies and institutional practices have strong spatial and material characteristics, these are rarely considered as significant, either to the reconstruction effort, or to international politics more generally. This article identifies and examines the 'auxiliary space' created by the everyday practices of international aid workers and asks whether its effects may lead to unanticipated and potentially transformative outcomes not only for the reconstruction effort, but also for global North-South relations at large. The article concludes that post-crisis reconstruction sites may offer both cautionary and emancipatory potential for the evolution of international relations.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Depositing User: Lisa Smirl
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:27
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2012 10:43
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12522
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