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.
Forerunners is a thought-in-process series of breakthrough digital works. Written between fresh ideas and finished books, Forerunners draws on scholarly work initiated in notable blogs, social media, conference plenaries, journal articles, and the synergy of academic exchange. This is gray literature publishing: where intense thinking, change, and speculation take place in scholarship.
About the Author
Kelly Oliver is W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University.
Table of Contents
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