Knowledge production in/about conflict and intervention: finding ‘facts’, telling ‘truth’

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Abstract

This article has a twofold aim. First, it discusses the contributions to the scholarly field of conflict knowledge and expertise in this special issue on Knowledge production in/about conflict and intervention: finding ‘facts’, telling ‘truth’. Second, it suggests an alternative reading of the issue’s contributions. Starting from the assumption that prevalent ways of knowing are always influenced by wider material and ideological structures at specific times, the article traces the influence of contemporary neoliberalism on general knowledge production structures in Western societies, and more specifically in Western academia, before re-reading the special issue’s contributions through this prism. The main argument is that neoliberalism leaves limited space for independent critical knowledge, thereby negatively affecting what can be known about conflict and intervention. The article concludes with some tasks for reflexive scholarship in neoliberal times.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Intervention and Statebuilding
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 08 Mar 2017

Keywords

  • Expertise
  • academia
  • authority
  • data access
  • information
  • legitimacy
  • narratives
  • neoliberalism
  • policy

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