chapter  5
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Border thinking and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda: reapproaching global governmentality and Eurocentrism


Introduction Recently the emergence of a body of scholarship inspired by Foucault’s theorisations of governmentality has begun to explore the potential of its extension beyond the domestic levels of state and civil society towards the level of global governmentality (see inter alia Death 2011; Lipschutz 2005; Merlingen 2006; Neumann and Sending 2010; Sending and Neumann 2006; Walters and Haahr 2005; Zanotti 2005). These attempts to apply governmentality beyond its more usual remit have been subject to challenge by those more sceptical as to the erosion of governmentality’s spatial limits (Chandler 2009; Joseph 2009, 2010; Selby 2007). The primary charges made against global governmentality that are central to this chapter concern the applicability of liberal modalities of power and governance in the non-Western world and the degree to which we can characterise the global order as liberal in a world still driven by decidedly non-liberal national interests and imperial power politics.