Bureaucratizing The Good Samaritan / Edition 1

Bureaucratizing The Good Samaritan / Edition 1

by Tony Waters
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813367905

ISBN-13: 9780813367903

Pub. Date: 01/01/2001

Publisher: Westview Press


Bureaucratizing the Good Samaritan is about the organization of refugee relief programs. It describes the practical, political, and moral assumptions of the ”international refugee relief regime.” Tony Waters emphasizes that the agencies delivering humanitarian relief are embedded in rationalized bureaucracies whose values are determined by their…  See more details below

Overview


Bureaucratizing the Good Samaritan is about the organization of refugee relief programs. It describes the practical, political, and moral assumptions of the ”international refugee relief regime.” Tony Waters emphasizes that the agencies delivering humanitarian relief are embedded in rationalized bureaucracies whose values are determined by their institutional frameworks. The demand for ”victims” is observed in the close relation between the interests of the popular press and the decisions made by bureaucracies.This presents a paradox in all humanitarian relief organizations, but perhaps no more so than in the Rwanda Relief Operations (1994-96) which ended in the largest mass forced repatriation since the end of World War II. This crisis is analyzed with an assumption that there is a basic contradiction between the demands of the bureaucratized organization and the need of relief agencies to generate the emotional publicity to sustain the interest of northern donors. The book concludes by noting that if refugee relief programs are to become more effective, the connection between the press’s emotional demands for ”victims” and the bureaucratic organizations’s decision processes need to be identified and reassessed.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813367903
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
01/01/2001
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1340L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figuresix
List of Acronymsxi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Part 1The International Refugee Relief Regime1
1Introduction: The Rwanda Refugee Relief Operation and the Bureaucratized Good Samaritan--A Personal Context5
2Refugees, International Politics, and the Good Samaritan16
3The Strength of Bureaucracy34
4Defining Sides: The Social Structure of Right and Wrong in International Refugee Relief49
5Making Comparisons Between and Within Emergencies71
6Explaining Rwandan Genocide, War, and Relief79
7October 1993-October 1994: The Relief Effort Winds Up103
8October 1994-December 1996: Normalized Crisis--The Operation Winds Down134
Part 2Bureaucratizing the Good Samaritan155
9The Limitations of Contingency Planning159
10Bureaucratizing the Good Samaritan--Water Crises176
11Bureaucratizing the Good Samaritan--Defining Genocide193
12Why Only the Rwandans? Relief Operations and Politics220
13From World War II to Rwanda and Kosovo226
14A Broader Context: Overcoming the Limitations of the Bureaucratized Good Samaritan235
Part 3Background Essays247
Essay 1The Demography of a Camp for Rwandans253
Essay 2Camp Management 1994-95264
Essay 3The Chabalisa 2 Market Development Project270
Essay 4HIV and AIDS in the Ngara Refugee Camps274
Essay 5How Many Refugees Are There in Ngara?276
Essay 6Wishing for Repatriation, Late 1995281
Essay 7A Bishop in Exile--The Anglican Church in the Ngara Camps286
Essay 8Some Practical Notes on a Names Taboo in Western Tanzania291
Bibliography295
Index303

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >