By K. Butler

A severe Humanitarian Intervention technique explores methods of reconceptualizing defense by way of Ken Booth’s conception of worldwide protection. This procedure, focusing on human improvement extra widely can enhance upon the theoretical and useful boundaries of solidarist theories near to humanitarian intervention.

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2 Essentially, then, the emphasis on the individual does not acquire the limiting and reductive implications which might arise from ‘false liberal individualism’, wherein the individual is seen ‘in reductionist, atomistic terms’ (Shaw, 1994: 96–100). The point of the above observation is that identity considered in terms of ‘the whole [being] more than the sum of the parts’ (Wyn Jones, 1999: 115) must form an element of any analysis which claims to have an individual as its referent object of security.

The distinction between the positivist theorists themselves and those theorists who work within theories derived from positivist methodologies is an important feature of this work and leads to a second observation. 5 Indeed, I argue that solidarist theorising on humanitarian intervention is problem-solving in its nature. This means, first, that it is characterised by the positivist method of theorising but not necessarily by positivism itself. Second, it legitimates social and political structures, without considering their part in contextualising SHEs.

Here the element of Critical Theory’s particular understanding of change and Booth’s interpretation of why all knowledge has interest become significant. Exploring the process of reflexive theorising Critical Theorists consider the process of theorising itself to be an important part of political practice. This process is informed by an element of critical theorising, defined as reflexive theorising. Mark Neufeld defines this ‘as a theoretical reflection on the process of theorising itself’ (Neufeld, 1995: 40).

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