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Can the Subaltern be heard?: A Discussion on ethical strategies for Communication in a Postcolonial World
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis relies on the works of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and Seyla Benhabib in the field

of Postcolonialism. Guided by their theoretical insights it is aiming at providing an

understanding of how postcolonial structures within the International Humanitarian Aid

discourse takes form and discuss strategies for communication that would be deemed

justified in this context. Through a field research in Lebanon, focusing on the Lebanese Red

Cross and their methods used for communication, it provides a scrutiny of the theoretical

insights of Spivak and Benhabib, in order to see how plausible they are when discussing the

way Global Humanitarian Organizations operate in todays’ world. In the conclusive

discussion, the study exposes the importance for these organizations to let go of their

essentialist way of looking at the subaltern, continuously depriving her of her subject

position. In a context of asymmetrical power relations, there is a need for these organizations

to ”learn to learn from below”. The people of the Western world need to unlearn Western

privilege to enable themselves to relate to people and communities outside of their own

paradigm and thus create presuppositions for an ethical communication.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 50 p.
Keyword [en]
postcolonialism, ethics, imperialism, humanitarian organizations, subaltern
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-323269OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-323269DiVA: diva2:1105580
Educational program
Master Programme in Human Rights
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Available from: 2017-06-05 Created: 2017-06-04 Last updated: 2017-06-05Bibliographically approved

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