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Liberal World Orders$
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Tim Dunne and Trine Flockhart

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265529

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265529.001.0001

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Liberal Quotidian Practices of World Ordering

Liberal Quotidian Practices of World Ordering

(p.157) Chapter 8 Liberal Quotidian Practices of World Ordering
Liberal World Orders

Kimberly Hutchings

British Academy

This chapter enquires into liberalism and its alleged ethnocentrism and discrimination between liberal and illiberal practices and subjects. It asks how it is possible for liberal order to be both liberal and imperial by exploring how liberal ordering and liberal subjectivity are reproduced in the international arena through the drawing of lines between legitimate and illegitimate violence. It suggests that liberal self-identities are sustained through a range of everyday practices, which continually reproduce (sometimes violent) hierarchical relations between international actors. Rather than understanding liberalism and imperialism in substantive terms as institutions or ideologies that inevitably are antithetical to one another, it suggests focusing on state and non-state actors' prior processes of self-identification as a particular kind of subject.

Keywords:   liberal subjectivity, Mill, intervention, legitimate violence, illegitimate violence, liberal self-identity, imperialism, Kosovo, Libya

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