Global South to the Rescue: Emerging Humanitarian Superpowers and Globalizing Rescue Industries


Amar, Paul. 2012. "Global South to the Rescue: Emerging Humanitarian Superpowers and Globalizing Rescue Industries." Globalizations 9 (1): 1-13.

Author: Paul Amar


The introductory essay offers a brief overview of current trends in critical globalization studies and international relations scholarship that shed light on three intersections: between imperialism and humanitarianism, between neoliberal globalization and "rescue industry", transnationalism, and between patterns of geopolitical hegemony and trajectories of peacekeeping internationalism. These research agendas have been generative and politically useful, but have tended to neglect the forms of humanitarian and peacekeeping agency emanating from the global south. In order to address this gap, this introduction lays out a new research agenda that combines interdisciplinary methods from global studies, gender and race studies, critical security studies, police and military sociology, Third World diplomatic history, and international relations. This introduction also theoretically situates the other contributions and case studies gathered here, providing a framework of analysis that groups them into three clusters: (I) Globalizing Peacekeeper Identities, (II) Assertive "Regional Internationalisms", and (III) Emergent Alternative Paradigms.

Keywords: globalization, humanitarianism, global south, peacekeeping, humanitarian aid, transnationalism, security

Topics: Coloniality/Post-Coloniality, Economies, Gender, Women, Gender Analysis, Globalization, Humanitarian Assistance, Military Forces & Armed Groups, Militarization, Peacekeeping, Security

Year: 2012

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