Post-HumanitarianismGoverning Precarity in the Digital World
Governing Precarity in the Digital World
The world has entered an unprecedented period of uncertainty and political instability. Faced with the challenge of knowing and acting within such a world, the spread of computers and connectivity, and the arrival of new digital sense-making tools, are widely celebrated as helpful. But is this really the case, or have we lost more than gained in the digital revolution?

In<i> Post-Humanitarianism</i>, renowned scholar of development, security and global governance Mark Duffield offers an alternative interpretation. He contends that connectivity embodies new forms of behavioural incorporation, cognitive subordination and automated management that are themselves inseparable from the emergence of precarity as a global phenomenon. Rather than protect against disasters, we are encouraged to accept them as necessary for strengthening resilience. At a time of permanent emergency, humanitarian disasters function as sites for trialling and anticipating the modes of social automation and remote management necessary to govern the precarity that increasingly embraces us all.

<i>Post-Humanitarianism</i> critically explores how increasing connectivity is inseparable from growing societal polarization, anger and political push-back. It will be essential reading for students of international and social critique, together with anyone concerned about our deepening alienation from the world.
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  • December 2018
  • 224 pages
  • 158 x 229 mm / 6 x 9 in
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Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Chapter One: Introduction - Questioning Connectivity
  • Chapter Two: Against Hierarchy
  • Chapter Three: Entropic Barbarism
  • Chapter Four: Being There
  • Chapter Five: Fantastic Invasion
  • Chapter Six: Livelihood Regime
  • Chapter Seven: Instilling Remoteness
  • Chapter Eight: Edge of Catastrophe
  • Chapter Nine: Connecting Precarity
  • Chapter Ten: Post-Humanitarianism
  • Chapter Eleven: Living Wild
  • Chapter Twelve: Conclusion - Automating Precarity
About the Author
Mark Duffield is Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Global Insecurities Centre at the University of Bristol
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‘Mark Duffield’s Post-Humanitarianism illustrates how the world of humanitarian emergency provided a practical stage for new forms of knowledge and governing, now being generalized across the globe. Brimming with empirical insight and innovative conceptual framings, this book will be a must-read for anyone interested in contemporary transformations in development, security and governance and in the need for a critical alternative.’
David Chandler, University of Westminster

‘In his latest book, Mark Duffield combines compelling theoretical insights and practical experience of humanitarian work to reveal the sombre reality of a post-humanitarian world governed increasingly by computers and algorithms.’
Vanessa Pupavac, University of Nottingham
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