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New Directions in Women, Peace and Security$
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Soumita Basu, Paul Kirby, and Laura Shepherd

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529207743

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529207743.001.0001

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Global Racial Hierarchies and the Limits of Localization via National Action Plans

Global Racial Hierarchies and the Limits of Localization via National Action Plans

(p.133) 9 Global Racial Hierarchies and the Limits of Localization via National Action Plans
New Directions in Women, Peace and Security

Toni Haastrup

Jamie J. Hagen

Policy Press

This chapter uses an intersectional feminist analysis to consider how most WPS work continues to be done to or about countries in the Global South through the lens of National Action Plans (NAPs). We consider who WPS is about and who it is for on the international stage. A central part of this investigation is interrogating whether certain NAPs are truly able to localize the international project of WPS or whether because of global racial hierarchies, they actually simply reinforce the status quo. We also consider why funders in the Global North continue to look abroad to address issues of gendered insecurity and conflict despite the challenges within their own boarders. Finally, we look at which images are used to present the women the NAP is meant to be about keeping secure. As part of the second generation of work reflecting on the WPS architecture, this chapter is a reflection on how whiteness and white privilege are refracted in the knowledge of and in the implementation practices of the WPS agenda. Overall, this critique of the practices of the WPS agenda contributes to feminist studies on securitization and the cooptation within WPS that serves to perpetuate a ‘white savior’ narrative around peace and security.

Keywords:   race, national action plans, whiteness, global South, localization, peace, security, gender, otherness

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