What’s there to mourn? Decolonial reflections on (the end of) liberal humanitarianism

Olivia Rutazibwa

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Abstract

This paper questions the extent to which the (arguable) end of the liberal humanitarian order is something to be mourned. Suggesting that current laments for the decline of humanitarianism reflect a Eurocentric worldview, it calls for a fundamental revision of the assumptions informing humanitarian scholarship. Decoloniality and anti-colonialism should be taken seriously so as to not reproduce the same by a different name after the end of the liberal order.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-67
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Humanitarian Affairs
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • aid
  • (de)coloniality
  • development
  • epistemology
  • Eurocentrism
  • liberal humanitarianism

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  • JIAS 2020 Writing Fellowship

    Rutazibwa, O. (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

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