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Title:The empire's new clothes: Africa, liberal interventionism and contemporary world order
Author:Wai, ZubairuISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy (ISSN 0305-6244)
Volume:41
Issue:142
Pages:483-499
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:foreign intervention
neocolonialism
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/03056244.2014.928278
Abstract:This article interrogates the current upsurge in humanitarian interventionism in Africa. Disagreeing with those who see it in altruistic terms, the article argues that the increasing militarisation of world politics seen in the routinisation of interventions in Africa is a function of a neo-imperialist posture driven by a Western will to domination and desire to restructure the world in line with the ideological preferences of liberalism as the dominant ideological formation of contemporary imperialism. Supported by power-knowledge regimes of Western intellectual production, which provide the legitimating frame and moral justification for imperial interventions, this Western will to domination disguises its violent imperialist pretensions under the cloak of benevolence and altruism. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French [Journal abstract]
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