Violence : Global Solutions to a Global Problem

Barolsky, Vanessa 2016, Violence : Global Solutions to a Global Problem. In Espinosa, Sharlita and Fazio, Antonella (ed), Globalization, Violence and Security:Local Impacts of Regional Integration, P.I.E. Peter Lang, Brussels, Belgium, pp.19-37, doi: 10.3726/978-3-0352-6629-0.

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Title Violence : Global Solutions to a Global Problem
Author(s) Barolsky, VanessaORCID iD for Barolsky, Vanessa
Title of book Globalization, Violence and Security:Local Impacts of Regional Integration
Editor(s) Espinosa, Sharlita
Fazio, Antonella
Publication date 2016
Series Regions and Social Cohesion Book Series
Start page 19
End page 37
Total pages 19
Publisher P.I.E. Peter Lang
Place of Publication Brussels, Belgium
Keyword(s) social cohesion
Summary This paper investigates the growing number of reports on violence produced by a variety of global multi-lateral institutions over the last decade. The paper argues that this increase in global reports on violence is not simply a reflection of an empirical rise in violence but is instead the result of systemic processes of knowledge production that are deeply implicated with power and “produce the reality they seem to reflect” (Stern and Öjendal, 2010: 7). The paper therefore asks whether these “global” understandings and “global” responses to violence are in fact “global” as in universal or do they reflect the understandings and aspirations of a small number of powerful global actors? Hence this paper seeks to interrogate the discursive production of knowledge about violence in reports produced by global multi-lateral institutions that configure the world into zones of risk and disorder and zones of modernity and rationality, through claims to universal knowledge and “scientific” neutrality. The paper instead argues that the specificity of conditions in the global south in fact contest many of the assumptions embedded in this global knowledge production. At stake in these global constructions of knowledge are enormously significant funding flows that have the power to shape national states’ responses to violence and, which can also become the premise of international interventions that sometimes exacerbate, rather than alleviate violent conflict in arenas around the world.
ISBN 978-2-87574-355-8
ISSN 2030-8787
Language eng
DOI 10.3726/978-3-0352-6629-0
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HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
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