Carceral Humanitarianism: Logics of Refugee Detention

Carceral Humanitarianism: Logics of Refugee Detention

by Kelly Oliver

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Coopted by military operations, humanitarianism has never been neutral. Rather than welcoming refugees, host countries assess the relative risks of taking them in versus turning them away, using a risk-benefit analysis that often reduces refugees to collateral damage in proxy wars fought in the war on terrorism. Carceral Humanitarianism testifies that humanitarian aid and human rights discourse are always political and partisan.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781517903275
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 02/27/2017
Series: Forerunners: Ideas First Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 102
Sales rank: 770,391
Product dimensions: 4.80(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Kelly Oliver is W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: From Political Right to Humanitarian Charity 1

"Rescue Politics" 17

Impossible Testimony 28

Humanitarian Warfare and Humanitarian Aid: Two Sides of the Same Sovereign 35

The Christian Roots of State Sovereignty 42

A Brief History of Humanitarianism 47

Contemporary Humanitarian Space 50

Human Rights Discourse as Alibi for Humanitarian War 55

Collateral Damage and the Lesser of Evils 63

Rethinking the "Worst" 68

A New Form of Genocide 72

Humanitarian Aid as Poison and Cure 75

Conclusion: Toward Hospitality as Earth Ethics 77

References 85

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