Insecure Spaces: Peacekeeping, Power and Performance in Haiti, Kosovo and Liberia

TitleInsecure Spaces: Peacekeeping, Power and Performance in Haiti, Kosovo and Liberia
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsHigate, Paul, and Marsha Henry
Number of Pages199
PublisherZed Books
City, CountryLondon
Abstract

In recent times, the Blue Berets have become markers of peace and security around the globe. Yet, the iconoclastic symbol of both the Blue Beret and the Blue Helmet continue to engage the international political imagination in ways that downplay the inconsistent effects of peacekeeping missions on the security of local people. In this book, Higate and Henry develop critical perspectives on UN and NATO peacekeeping, arguing that these forms of international intervention are framed by the exercise of power. Their analysis of peacekeeping, based on fieldwork conducted in Haiti, Liberia and Kosovo, suggests that peacekeeping reconfigures former conflict zones in ways that shape perceptions of security. This reconfiguration of space is enacted by peacekeeping personnel who "perform" security through their daily professional and personal practices, sometimes with unanticipated effects. Insecure Spaces' interdisciplinary analysis sheds great light on the contradictory mix of security and insecurity that peace operations create. —Publisher description

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