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Post-Humanitarianism Governing Precarity in the Digital World MARK DUFFIELD The world has entered an unprecedented period of uncertainty and instability. Faced with the challenge of knowing and acting within such a world, the spread of computers and connectivity, and the arrival of new digital sense-making tools are widely celebrated as helpful. In Post-Humanitarianism: Governing Precarity in the Digital World renowned scholar of development, security and global governance Mark Duffield contests this interpretation. Connectivity, he argues, embodies new forms of behavioural incorporation, cognitive subordination and automated management that are inseparable from the emergence of precarity as a global phenomenon. As an outcome of an economy now in permanent emergency, humanitarian disasters function as a site for trialling and anticipating the modes of social automation and remote management that govern this precarity and increasingly embrace us all. Empirically rich and conceptually innovative, Post Humanitarianism will be essential reading for students of international and social critique and anyone concerned about our deepening alienation from the world. MARK DUFFIELD is Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Global Insecurities Centre at the University of Bristol.

216 x 138mm | 200 pages | November 2018

HB | 978-0-7456-9858-8 £55.00 | $69.95 | €71.90 PB | 978-0-7456-9859-5 £17.99 | $24.95 | €21.90

The Responsibility to Protect From Promise to Practice ALEX J. BELLAMY & EDWARD C. LUCK

In 2005, the international community made a landmark commitment to prevent mass atrocities by unanimously adopting the UN’s “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P) principle. As often as not, however, R2P has failed to translate into decisive action. Why does this gap persist between the world’s normative pledges to R2P and its ability to make it a daily lived reality? In this book, global authorities on humanitarian protection Alex Bellamy and Edward Luck offer a probing and in-depth response to this fundamental question. Drawing on cases from the Middle East to sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, they examine the forces and conditions that produce atrocity crimes and the challenge of responding to them quickly and effectively. Ultimately, they call for a more comprehensive approach to the practice of R2P – one that moves beyond states and the UN to include the full range of actors that play a role in protecting vulnerable populations. ALEX J. BELLAMY is Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Queensland. EDWARD C. LUCK is Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

229 x 152mm | 224 pages | October 2018

HB | 978-1-5095-1243-0 £55.00 | $69.95 | €71.90 PB | 978-1-5095-1244-7 £17.99 | $26.95 | €23.90

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