A Critical Humanitarian Intervention Approach by Karina Z. Butler (auth.)

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2 Essentially, then, the emphasis on the individual does not acquire the limiting and reductive implications which might arise from ‘false liberal individualism’, wherein the individual is seen ‘in reductionist, atomistic terms’ (Shaw, 1994: 96–100). The point of the above observation is that identity considered in terms of ‘the whole [being] more than the sum of the parts’ (Wyn Jones, 1999: 115) must form an element of any analysis which claims to have an individual as its referent object of security.

The purpose of emancipation is not an ultimate utopia, a recipe for a perfect world. Because the concept of emancipation takes history into Theory of World Security and Humanitarian Intervention 29 account, it recognises that the world is always changing and therefore every emancipation will unavoidably create new margins (just as every new technical break-through creates new dilemmas) (Booth, 1999: 41). This explains why emancipation must be continuously contextualised, because conditions are always changing.

2 Essentially, then, the emphasis on the individual does not acquire the limiting and reductive implications which might arise from ‘false liberal individualism’, wherein the individual is seen ‘in reductionist, atomistic terms’ (Shaw, 1994: 96–100). The point of the above observation is that identity considered in terms of ‘the whole [being] more than the sum of the parts’ (Wyn Jones, 1999: 115) must form an element of any analysis which claims to have an individual as its referent object of security.

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