The Violence of Aid? Giving, power and active subjects in One World Conservatism

Joanne Sharp, Patricia Campbell, Emma Laurie

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Using Zˇizˇek's theorisation of power, we analyse the UK Conservative Party's Green Paper on international development, ‘One World Conservatism' (OWC). We argue that by placing the West's giving of development aid as something beyond politics, on the moral high-ground of selfevident certainty, it acts to deflect attention from critical engagement with the nature of globalisation, power and aid itself, hiding both economic and epistemological violences behind the apparently benevolent act of giving. An analysis of the nature of the green paper demonstrates the ways in which it draws in UK citizens as active subjects complicit with this vision of the world.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)1125-1143
Number of pages19
JournalThird World Quarterly
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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