Interventions into "complex humanitarian emergencies" have become a central part of global society. This article provides an account of the construction of "emergencies" in terms of a social imaginary that gives characteristic form to both perception and action. This imaginary shapes the definition and rhetoric of emergencies, the ways in which they are produced and recognized, and the organization of intervention. It reflects both anxiety in the face of risk and a pervasive modern faith in capacity to manage problems. Though the events demanding these interventions - for example, in Sudan - are often presented as transparently compelling, the "social imaginary of emergencies" conceptually structures this system.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||23|
|Journal||Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology|
|State||Published - Nov 2004|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science