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Debates over cultural conventions in French punk
Jonathyne Briggs

7 Distortions in distance: debates over cultural conventions in French punk Jonathyne Briggs On 6 May 1968, a cadre of French police entered the Sorbonne to restore order, called by administrators in response to the alleged destruction of auditorium chairs, three to be exact, caused by the student occupation that began earlier that weekend in protest against the actions of administrators at the Nanterre campus. The subsequent mêlée between the police and students sparked broader protests, as young workers instigated a series of strikes through France during the

in Fight back
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War economies, peace economies and transformation
Jenny H. Peterson

the physical violence associated with war economies, or having the appearance of being far removed from the political economy of violence due to their involvement only at a seemingly distant node in a commodity chain, what are often (wrongly) classified as peace economies are in fact clearly connected to political economies of violence. Though an actor’s distance in terms of geography and role in the commodity chain does place it nearer to the category of peace economy on the spectrum, one should not dismiss the need to address activities occurring in these areas in

in Building a peace economy?
DSI approaches and behaviours
Jenny H. Peterson

characteristics of the DSI and present opportunities on which to imagine alternative approaches to transformation. Liberal ideology, processes and transformation In ideological terms, politically liberal and economically neo-liberal foundations of the DSI have led to a strengthening and widening of the relationship between security actors and development agendas. This has resulted in a depoliticising of conflict analysis and programming as a (paradoxically) political strategy for installing a distinct form of liberal peace. Distancing institutions or policy reforms from

in Building a peace economy?
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Liberal reform and the creation of new conflict economies
Jenny H. Peterson

verified and signed when the process came to a complete halt at the end of 2003. There are several competing narratives regarding the reasons for the freezing of the process. According to some, there was a fear by the KTA’s international managers of being personally sued in international courts for the selling of Serbia’s assets. Unlike other UN staff members and KFOR, internationals working for the KTA were not granted immunity for the work they were to complete as part of their mandate. This was not a simple oversight. The UN was keen to distance itself from the

in Building a peace economy?
The Politics of ‘Proximity’ and Performing Humanitarianism in Eastern DRC
Myfanwy James

need for operational ‘proximity’ to, as well as performative distance from, everyday social and political dynamics. Background MSF in North Kivu In North Kivu, international aid organisations installed themselves en masse after the influx of Rwandan refugees in 1994. The urban landscape of its capital, Goma, has been dramatically reshaped in consequence, while a range of NGOs have established projects in rural areas. The medical humanitarian organisation, MSF, has a long history in the region, having opened its first project in DRC in 1977. Today, three

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Matthew Hunt, Sharon O’Brien, Patrick Cadwell, and Dónal P. O’Mathúna

receiving the word of the Other into one’s own home, one’s own dwelling’ ( 2007 : xvi). Humanitarian aid entails overcoming distances: geographic distances as national or international responders travel to a locale experiencing crisis, but also social, cultural, political and narrative distances due to the vastly divergent experiences of people caught up in crises. A key challenge for humanitarian ethics is to take account both of the steep asymmetries

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
David Rieff

will weather this one as well. I certainly hope it will. But to do so, it will have to change radically, as radically as Matteo Salvini, Viktor Orbán and Alternative für Deutschland have transformed Europe’s political, ethical and moral relations of force. And the only way to do this is to let go of humanitarian politics in favor of a politics of the pure and simple. Notes 1 Obviously, despite the efforts of some relief groups to keep their distance from human rights NGOs, the consensus view is that both enterprises

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Hakim Khaldi

the use of poor-quality fuels. This change of direction was also due to a reduction in the number of war-wounded, itself due to the distance from the front line and the new surgical units set up by the armed opposition. At that time, Atmeh was a 17-bed hospital with an operating theatre (used for skin grafts), an emergency room, in-patient beds, a physiotherapy service and a psychological support unit. It was to become the only medical facility in

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Digital Bodies, Data and Gifts
Kristin Bergtora Sandvik

cuteness, to science fiction level body machine melding’. Wearables range from ‘the eminently practical’ to the ‘utterly fantastical’. The functions of these digital technologies are not necessarily novel: paper maps have existed for centuries; pedometers date back to the eighteenth century; devices measuring distances cycled or walked, spectacles, prosthetic devices and wristwatches are further examples of historical wearable technologies ( Carter et al. , 2018

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Staff Security and Civilian Protection in the Humanitarian Sector
Miriam Bradley

(especially expatriate) personnel are distanced from those they seek to assist ( Collinson and Duffield, 2013 ; Duffield, 2012 ; Fast, 2014 ). The inclusion of hard measures for staff at the same time as they are excluded for other civilians can be seen to have two additional consequences. First, providing armed protection to some people – staff – may not only reduce the risk faced by those people but may also serve to increase the risk by those who do not

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