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When Disasters Come Home

Making and Manipulating Emergencies In The West

Keen, David

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1. Auflage April 2023
256 Seiten, Hardcover
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ISBN: 978-1-5095-5062-3
John Wiley & Sons

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In the late twentieth century, disasters seemed like distant happenings in countries far away from the prosperous West. But today they are 'coming home' with a vengeance. From global warming to the migration crises, from assaults on democracy to Covid-19 and the war in Ukraine -- the West is in the grip of multiple, overlapping crises that keep its citizens in a state of perpetual fear and distraction.
While some of the threats are real enough, David Keen shows in this disturbing and original book how disasters to which key Western governments and opinion-shapers have significantly contributed are being manipulated by many of these same players for political advantage. Drawing on his first-hand experience of wars and famines in the Global South, Keen reveals how these crises, whether slow-burning or sudden and dramatic, are reinforcing each other in ways that protect vested interests while bolstering the toxic politics that helped to generate them. One key problem here is the use of emergencies to vilify many of those who are trying to relieve them or to highlight their root causes. Unless these voices and alternative perspectives find a way to break through, we risk being locked into a system of emergency politics that is self-reinforcing rather than self-correcting -- and that routinely manufactures its own legitimacy.

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In the late twentieth century, disasters seemed like distant happenings in countries far away from the prosperous West. But today they are 'coming home' with a vengeance. From global warming to the migration crises, from assaults on democracy to Covid-19 and the war in Ukraine -- the West is in the grip of multiple, overlapping crises that keep its citizens in a state of perpetual fear and distraction.
While some of the threats are real enough, David Keen shows in this disturbing and original book how disasters to which key Western governments and opinion-shapers have significantly contributed are being manipulated by many of these same players for political advantage. Drawing on his first-hand experience of wars and famines in the Global South, Keen reveals how these crises, whether slow-burning or sudden and dramatic, are reinforcing each other in ways that protect vested interests while bolstering the toxic politics that helped to generate them. One key problem here is the use of emergencies to vilify many of those who are trying to relieve them or to highlight their root causes. Unless these voices and alternative perspectives find a way to break through, we risk being locked into a system of emergency politics that is self-reinforcing rather than self-correcting -- and that routinely manufactures its own legitimacy.

Acknowledgements

Chapter 1: Disasters Coming Home

Chapter 2: Lessons from the 'Far Away'

Chapter 3: A Self-reinforcing System?

Chapter 4: Emergency Politics

Chapter 5: Hostile Environments

Chapter 6: Welcoming Infection

Chapter 7: Magical Thinking

Chapter 8: Policing Delusions

Chapter 9: Action as Propaganda

Chapter 10: Choosing Disaster

Chapter 11: Home to Roost

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Notes
"A comprehensive insight into how and why disasters are created by the western democracies."
--Ksenia Chmutina, Loughborough University
David Keen is Professor of Conflict Studies at the London School of Economics (LSE). A former researcher, consultant and journalist, he is a leading authority on the politics of contemporary conflict and humanitarian disasters. He is the author of numerous books on conflict, including The Benefits of Famine (1994), Useful Enemies (2012) and the ground-breaking text Complex Emergencies (2007) which explored the multifaceted interaction between conflict and its benefactors.