Bureaucratizing The Good Samaritan / Edition 1

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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.
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Waters (sociology, California State University) examines the organization of refugee relief programs. He describes the practical, political, and moral assumptions of the international refugee relief regime, emphasizing that agencies delivering humanitarian relief are embedded in rationalized bureaucracies whose values are determined by their institutional frameworks. He focuses on the Rwanda Relief Operations (1994-96), analyzing the crisis 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 donors. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813367903
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 332
  • Lexile: 1340L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.74 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Tony Waters teaches sociology at California State University, Chico. He is the author of Crime and Immigrant Youth (1999) and articles about refugees, migration, and development. He worked with refugee relief programs in Thailand and Tanzania for six years.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures ix
List of Acronyms xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Part 1 The International Refugee Relief Regime 1
1 Introduction: The Rwanda Refugee Relief Operation and the Bureaucratized Good Samaritan--A Personal Context 5
2 Refugees, International Politics, and the Good Samaritan 16
3 The Strength of Bureaucracy 34
4 Defining Sides: The Social Structure of Right and Wrong in International Refugee Relief 49
5 Making Comparisons Between and Within Emergencies 71
6 Explaining Rwandan Genocide, War, and Relief 79
7 October 1993-October 1994: The Relief Effort Winds Up 103
8 October 1994-December 1996: Normalized Crisis--The Operation Winds Down 134
Part 2 Bureaucratizing the Good Samaritan 155
9 The Limitations of Contingency Planning 159
10 Bureaucratizing the Good Samaritan--Water Crises 176
11 Bureaucratizing the Good Samaritan--Defining Genocide 193
12 Why Only the Rwandans? Relief Operations and Politics 220
13 From World War II to Rwanda and Kosovo 226
14 A Broader Context: Overcoming the Limitations of the Bureaucratized Good Samaritan 235
Part 3 Background Essays 247
Essay 1 The Demography of a Camp for Rwandans 253
Essay 2 Camp Management 1994-95 264
Essay 3 The Chabalisa 2 Market Development Project 270
Essay 4 HIV and AIDS in the Ngara Refugee Camps 274
Essay 5 How Many Refugees Are There in Ngara? 276
Essay 6 Wishing for Repatriation, Late 1995 281
Essay 7 A Bishop in Exile--The Anglican Church in the Ngara Camps 286
Essay 8 Some Practical Notes on a Names Taboo in Western Tanzania 291
Bibliography 295
Index 303
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