Laboratory of Intervention

Mariella Pandolfi

in Postcolonial Disorders

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780520252233
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941021 | DOI:
Laboratory of Intervention

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This chapter focuses on the politics of humanitarian intervention carried out by international and intrastate institutions in the crises in the Balkan territories of Bosnia, Kosovo, and Albania. It argues that over the past decade there has been a growth in the “gray zone” between humanitarian intervention, military humanitarianism, and the humanitarian war, of which collaborating academics are largely uncritical. The chapter discusses the boundaries of specific states to disorders without borders and the obscuring of the true needs of civil society through the politics of intervention.

Keywords: humanitarian intervention; politics of intervention; Balkan territories; Bosnia; Kosovo; Albania; gray zone; military humanitarianism; humanitarian war

Chapter.  12696 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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