Shaping the Humanitarian World / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$37.80
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $21.27
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 51%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (10) from $21.27   
  • New (6) from $33.59   
  • Used (4) from $21.27   

Overview

Providing a critical introduction to the notion of humanitarianism in global politics, tracing the concept from its origins to the twenty-first century, this book examines how the so called international community works in response to humanitarian crises and the systems that bind and divide them.

By tracing the history on international humanitarian action from its early roots through the birth of the Red
Cross to the beginning of the UN, Peter Walker and Daniel G. Maxwell examine the challenges humanitarian agencies face, from working alongside armies and terrorists to witnessing genocide. They argue that humanitarianism has a vital future, but only if those practicing it choose to make it so. Topics covered include:

  • the rise in humanitarian action as a political tool
  • the growing call for accountability of agencies
  • the switch of NGOs from bit players to major trans-national actors
  • the conflict between political action and humanitarian action when it comes to addressing causes as well as symptoms of crisis.

This book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in international human rights law, disaster management and international relations.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415773713
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/17/2009
  • Series: Global Institutions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,140,933
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Walker is Director at the Feinstein International Centre at Tufts University. Before coming to Tufts Dr. Walker spent 20 years working for humanitarian aid agencies, both running relief programs and helping to develop the international policy and practices which now govern their behaviour. Dr Walker founded the World Disasters Report and was one of the founders of the Sphere humanitarian standards.

Daniel Maxwell is Associate Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and a Research Director at Feinstein International Centre at Tufts University.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of illustrations x

Foreword xi

Acknowledgements xv

Acronym and weblink guide xvi

Introduction 1

1 Origins of the international humanitarian system 13

2 Mercy and manipulation in the Cold War 46

3 The globalization of humanitarianism: from the end of the Cold War to the Global War on Terror 60

4 States as responders and donors 79

5 International organizations 97

6 NGOs and private action 117

7 A brave new world, a better future? 136

Notes 154

Select bibliography 168

Index 169

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)