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The Epistemic Politics of ‘Northern-Led’ Humanitarianism: The Case of Lebanon

Carpi, E; (2021) The Epistemic Politics of ‘Northern-Led’ Humanitarianism: The Case of Lebanon. Area 10.1111/area.12770. (In press). Green open access

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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.

Type: Article
Title: The Epistemic Politics of ‘Northern-Led’ Humanitarianism: The Case of Lebanon
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/area.12770
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/area.12770
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 John Wiley & Sons. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: agnotology, humanitarianism, Lebanon, professional authority, technocracy, unpredictability
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10137835
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