By K. Butler
A serious Humanitarian Intervention strategy explores methods of reconceptualizing defense when it comes to Ken Booth’s concept of worldwide protection. This procedure, focusing on human improvement extra greatly can enhance upon the theoretical and functional boundaries of solidarist theories as regards to humanitarian intervention.
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The alternative theoretical foundations are identified with the process of reflexive theorising and in particular its elements of the relation between power and knowledge, the constitutive properties of theory and the metaphor of anchorage and its components of critical distance and immanent critique. In addressing the second problem associated with problem-solving theorising, I go on to propose alternative theoretical foundations to solidarist theorising on humanitarian intervention, which in this particular context do not replicate existing structures but challenge and change them instead.
The process of transformation, therefore, is not instigated at the practical level only but before the practice is implemented, at the stage of theorising about it. Considered in this way, one can understand why ‘much more than epistemology is at stake’ (Smith, 1996: 38). What is at stake is thinking and deciding about what is possible with the aim of advancing emancipatory ends. For the present book, this is an important procedure and therefore its detailed analysis, together with its eight propositions, will be investigated separately in the next part of this chapter.
This is a project that always rejects the assumption that subject and object can be separated, in the manner postulated both by positivist theorists themselves and also by theorists who postulate within theoretical traditions derived from positivist forms of theorising. The distinction between the positivist theorists themselves and those theorists who work within theories derived from positivist methodologies is an important feature of this work and leads to a second observation. 5 Indeed, I argue that solidarist theorising on humanitarian intervention is problem-solving in its nature.
A Critical Humanitarian Intervention Approach (Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies) by K. Butler