Mac Ginty, Roger (2017) 'A material turn in International Relations : the 4x4, intervention and resistance.', Review of international studies., 43 (05). pp. 855-874.
This article explores how analysis of material objects offers insights into international intervention and reactions to that intervention. Building on studies that examine the 4x4 as emblematic of intervention, the article argues that the 4x4 can also be seen as an object of resistance and agency. To do so, it uses the case study of 4x4 usage in Darfur and draws on primary data including interviews and a UN security incident database. The article is mindful of the limitations of a ‘material turn’ in the study of International Relations, especially in relation to how it might encourage us to overlook agency and structural power. While finding new materialism arguments largely convincing, the case study encourages a note of caution and proposes the notion of ‘materialism+’, which allows for the further investigation of the human/non-human interface, but is circumspect about tendencies towards neophilia, dematerialism, and posthumanism.
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|Publisher Web site:||https://doi.org/10.1017/S0260210517000146|
|Publisher statement:||© British International Studies Association 2017 This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.|
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|Date deposited:||10 September 2018|
|Date of first online publication:||07 June 2017|
|Date first made open access:||10 September 2018|
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