Intervening in a Diverse World:Revisiting the ‘Problem’ of Difference in International Statebuilding


Can the pessimism regarding the possibility to support statebuilding in a diverse world be reversed? In this chapter we argue that the current miasma of despair regarding international interventions is the result of three successive errors: silencing, problematizing and stigmatising cultural difference. After examining these three errors, we suggest three new starting points: approaching difference as multidimensional, refusing to essentialise difference, and focusing on the power relations that make difference exist in the first place. By putting ‘difference’ centre stage, our ambition is to reveal new analytical strategies that go beyond the impasse in which the field of statebuilding finds itself.

Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
Additional Information: This is a draft chapter. The final version is available in Handbook on Intervention and Statebuilding edited by Nicolas Lemay-Hébert in 2019, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. The material cannot be used for any other purpose without further permission of the publisher, and is for private use only.
ISBN: 978 1 78811 622 0
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2024 08:40
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2018 09:55
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Published Date: 2019-12-01
Accepted Date: 2018-11-06
Authors: Bargués-Pedreny, Pol
Mathieu, Xavier



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