By K. Butler
A serious Humanitarian Intervention process explores methods of reconceptualizing defense when it comes to Ken Booth’s idea of worldwide protection. This strategy, focusing on human improvement extra widely can increase upon the theoretical and functional obstacles of solidarist theories with reference to humanitarian intervention.
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The question is how these societal pressures are transmitted to the theorists. The answer is through so-called incalculable social mechanisms: whether they are aware of them or not, they cannot avoid their surrounding structures. Horkheimer does not think, however, that this is a one-way deterministic process. Just as structures influence theorists, theorists can also influence the prevailing structures: ‘Horkheimer was convinced that theorists and their theories play a vital role in the production and reproduction of the prevailing structures’ (Wyn Jones, 1999: 18).
And ‘a cluster of themes inspired by Theory of World Security and Humanitarian Intervention 27 emancipatory intent’ (Bronner, 1994: 56). Hence, Critical Theory stands or falls by the possibility that the potential for emancipation exists. In fact ‘epistemologically, it is only this possibility that gives Critical Theory coherence and, indeed, purpose. Without the ability to claim that a better world is possible or even conceivable, there is no means by which the present can be criticised’ (Wyn Jones, 1999: 56).
In Chapter 2 I first explain why the solidarist endeavour is problemsolving and focus in particular on its positivist method of theorising and its characteristic legitimisation of structures of domination. In an attempt to overcome the problem-solving solidarist theorising on humanitarian intervention I further propose an alternative to the problem-solving approach perspective, which I call a CHIA. Accordingly, a CHIA, in contrast to solidarist theorising on humanitarian intervention, seeks to present reciprocal prevention and not the management of SHEs as dictating the normative agenda of a theory which might consequently claim to be demonstrative of international society’s moral commitment to encouraging human rights around the world.
A Critical Humanitarian Intervention Approach (Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies) by K. Butler