'Insecure Spaces is an innovative analysis of international power in its material, spatial and visual manifestations, an ethnography of peacekeeping and of the effects it produces on the everyday life of the ordinary people who are involved with it. A much needed study that adds a new dimension to the way we understand the making of peace.'
'In this innovative analysis of the spaces and performances of peacekeeping and peacekeepers, Higate and Henry take a fresh, critical look at how the practices of peacekeeping are constituted and experienced, and how understandings of security develop as a consequence amongst those whose lives and work are shaped by the presence of the Blue Helmets. Taking a conceptually sophisticated approach, case studies of peacekeeping in Haiti, Kosovo and Liberia are unpacked in order to understand how peacekeepers create and maintain spaces of security and insecurity.'
'Working in a genuinely interdisciplinary framework, Higate and Henry are to be commended for this nuanced exploration of power relations in 'everyday' international peacekeeping practices. They provide an array of interesting empirical and theoretical insights into how 'secure' and 'insecure' spaces are constructed and percieved in the interplay of external actors and local populations.'
'This contribution to the critical literature on peacekeeping is a hugely important antidote to the hegemonic positivism that claims to measure the ‘success’ or otherwise of operations. The authors use the lens of prosaic spatial practices and perceptions of peacekeeping as performance. Based on in-depth fieldwork the authors uncover peacekeeping as a vehicle of power and its spaces as sites of everyday adaptation and resistance. The work has an intellectual elegance that will be hard to match.'
Michael Pugh, University of Bradford