English · Português
ISSN 0102-8529 (Impresso)
1982-0240 (Online)
PUC-Rio - Página inicial Instituto de Relações Internacionais Revista Contexto Internacional

Vol. 39, N° 3, 2017

Fragile Cities: a Critical Perspective on the Repertoire for New Urban Humanitarian Interventions

Manoela Miklos e Tomaz Paoliello


Abstract

At the end of the 1990s, researchers involved in the debate on the new wars introduced discussion about the urban dimension of contemporary conflicts into the International Relations discipline. The innovative debate about urban fragility is one of the many lines of inquiry that emerge within the framework of the relationship between cities and contemporary conflicts. This paper seeks to demonstrate that the concept of ‘fragile city’ offers a new and
relevant analytical framework for understanding contemporary urban violence and inequality. Moreover, this same concept could also be instrumental in making fragile cities the new locus of international humanitarianism. The notion of fragile city emerges to describe new emergency situations more closely linked to urban contexts than to national dynamics, as previously described in the
literature on fragile states. The concept of fragile city is a groundbreaking tool for understanding the human consequences of inequality in urban settings, but might also be used as a rhetorical vehicle for the reproduction of old dynamics and the inauguration of new intervention practices in urban areas that were previously inaccessible to humanitarian action, especially cities in Latin America.

Keywords: Fragile Cities; Fragile States; Humanitarian Aid; New and Old Wars; New Humanitarianism.

DOWNLOAD: Fragile Cities: a Critical Perspective on the Repertoire for New Urban Humanitarian Interventions


VoltarImprimir

IRI Instituto de Relações Internacionais
Rua Marquês de São Vicente, 225 - Vila dos Diretórios, Casa 20, Gávea - Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brasil
Tel/Fax: +55 21 3527-1557 3527-1558 3527-1560