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Humanitarianism in Question: Politics, Power, Ethics / Edition 1
     

Humanitarianism in Question: Politics, Power, Ethics / Edition 1

by Michael Barnett, Thomas G. Weiss, Michael N. Barnett
 

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ISBN-10: 0801473012

ISBN-13: 9780801473012

Pub. Date: 03/13/2008

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Years of tremendous growth in response to complex emergencies have left a mark on the humanitarian sector. Various matters that once seemed settled are now subjects of intense debate. What is humanitarianism? Is it limited to the provision of relief to victims of conflict, or does it include broader objectives such as human rights, democracy promotion,

Overview

Years of tremendous growth in response to complex emergencies have left a mark on the humanitarian sector. Various matters that once seemed settled are now subjects of intense debate. What is humanitarianism? Is it limited to the provision of relief to victims of conflict, or does it include broader objectives such as human rights, democracy promotion, development, and peacebuilding?

For much of the last century, the principles of humanitarianism were guided by neutrality, impartiality, and independence. More recently, some humanitarian organizations have begun to relax these tenets. The recognition that humanitarian action can lead to negative consequences has forced humanitarian organizations to measure their effectiveness, to reflect on their ethical positions, and to consider not only the values that motivate their actions but also the consequences of those actions.

In the indispensable Humanitarianism in Question, Michael Barnett and Thomas G. Weiss bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines to address the humanitarian identity crisis, including humanitarianism's relationship to accountability, great powers, privatization and corporate philanthropy, warlords, and the ethical evaluations that inform life-and-death decision making during and after emergencies.

Contributors: Michael Barnett, University of Minnesota; Craig Calhoun, New York University; James D. Fearon, Stanford University; Laura Hammond, SOAS, University of London; Peter J. Hoffman, Hunter College; Stephen Hopgood, SOAS, University of London; Peter Redfield, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Jennifer C. Rubenstein, Princeton University; Jack Snyder, Columbia University; Janice Gross Stein, University of Toronto; Thomas G. Weiss, CUNY Graduate Center

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801473012
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
03/13/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
602,231
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

1. Humanitarianism: A Brief History of the Present - MICHAEL BARNETT AND THOMAS G. WEISS
2. The Rise of Emergency Relief Aid - JAMES D. FEARON
3. The Imperative to Reduce Suffering: Charity, Progress, and Emergencies in the Field of Humanitarian Action - CRAIG CALHOUN
4. Saying "No" to Wal-Mart? Money and Morality in Professional Humanitarianism - STEPHEN HOPGOOD
5. Humanitarian Organizations: Accountable-Why, to Whom, for What, and How? - JANICE GROSS STEIN
6. The Grand Strategies of Humanitarianism - MICHAEL BARNLTT AND JACK SNYDER
7. The Power of Holding Humanitarianism in Hostage and the Myth of Protective Principles - LAURA HAMMOND
8. Sacrifice, Triage, and Global Humanitarianism - PETER REDFIELD
9. The Distributive Commitments of International NGOs - JENNIFER C. RUBENSTEIN
10. Humanitarianism as a Scholarly Vocation - MICHAEL BARNETT
11. Humanitarianism and Practitioners: Social Science Matters - PETER J. HOFFMAN AND THOMAS G. WEISS

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