The epistemic politics of ‘northern-Led’ humanitarianism: The case of Lebanon

My new article in Area discusses “professional authority” in the humanitarian field, and proposes a peculiar politics of knowledge in the case of Lebanon.

Abstract

This article examines the epistemic politics of hegemonic humanitarianism by building on agnotology theories. I unpack the idea of ‘professional authority’ with the purpose of showing how the Global North’s humanitarian agencies thrive on both a technocratic and an unpredictability approach. This epistemic politics is used to absolve humanitarianism of its failures and blame ‘Southern’ politics and technical deficiencies in the Global South.

For the full article (Open Access):

https://rgs-ibg.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/area.12770

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