This collection interrogates the representation of humanitarian crisis and
catastrophe, and the refraction of humanitarian intervention and action, from
the mid-twentieth century to the present, across a diverse range of media forms:
traditional and contemporary screen media (film, television and online video) as
well as newspapers, memoirs, music festivals and social media platforms (such as
Facebook, YouTube and Flickr). The book thus explores the historical, cultural
and political contexts that have shaped the mediation of humanitarian
relationships since the middle of the twentieth century. Together, the chapters
illustrate the continuities and connections, as well as the differences, which
have characterised the mediatisation of both states of emergency and acts of
amelioration. The authors reveal and explore the significant synergies between
the humanitarian enterprise, the endeavour to alleviate the suffering of
particular groups, and media representations, and their modes of addressing and
appealing to specific publics. The chapters consider the ways in which media
texts, technologies and practices reflect and shape the shifting moral,
political, ethical, rhetorical, ideological and material dimensions of
international humanitarian emergency and intervention, and have become integral
to the changing relationships between organisations, institutions, governments,
individual actors and entire sectors.
children by purchasing environmentally friendly products, or we might
act against child labour practices in ‘distant’ nations by purchasing
garments manufactured by particular companies. These practices raise
several questions of a globalhumanitarianism for children. Can the
intent to protect ‘our’ children extend to a more universalised impulse
to protect ‘other’, more distant children? What are the limitations of
disillusioned with the truncated horizons of the New Left
and resigned to the triumph, for a generation or two, of welfare capitalism ( Meiksins Wood, 1995 ). Before this, globalhumanitarianism
had been a largely religious exercise, an extension of Christian ministry ( Barnett, 2011 ), while human rights barely registered on the world stage
( Moyn, 2010 ). From the 1970s on, the humanist
international became a place where disillusioned rebels could continue to work, albeit in a new
idiom, for those who suffered. They ceased working to any great extent on their
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Writing about Personal Experiences of Humanitarianism
exclude previous criminal convictions. They are also subject to annual appraisal and regular revalidation to ensure their skills and behaviour are satisfactory.
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such as Jonathan Benthall and Kevin Rozario suggest that globalhumanitarianism acquired its distinctive contemporary ethos and form in the West with the founding of the International Committee
of the Red Cross in 1863, and subsequently with the work of the American Red
Cross during the First World War. 8 However, humanitarianism underwent a significant shift in
the aftermath of the Second World War. Craig Calhoun, for example, claims
Bordering intimacy is a study of how borders and dominant forms of intimacy, such as family, are central to the governance of postcolonial states such as Britain. The book explores the connected history between contemporary border regimes and the policing of family with the role of borders under European and British empires. Building upon postcolonial, decolonial and black feminist theory, the investigation centres on how colonial bordering is remade in contemporary Britain through appeals to protect, sustain and make family life. Not only was family central to the making of colonial racism but claims to family continue to remake, shore up but also hide the organisation of racialised violence in liberal states. Drawing on historical investigations, the book investigates the continuity of colonial rule in numerous areas of contemporary government – family visa regimes, the policing of sham marriages, counterterror strategies, deprivation of citizenship, policing tactics, integration policy. In doing this, the book re-theorises how we think of the connection between liberal government, race, family, borders and empire. In using Britain as a case, this opens up further insights into the international/global circulations of liberal empire and its relationship to violence.
Television and the politics of British humanitarianism
the NGOs represented on the DEC, which consolidated the latter as the
most influential actors in their sector. The perception of the film as a
new phenomenon in broadcasting also foreshadowed what would become a
familiar trend in globalhumanitarianism, of single television news
bulletins or programmes galvanising massive international public
responses. This reality was not lost on the largest aid agencies, and it
Nursing leaders of the League of Red Cross Societies between the wars
nature, with nursing falling outside the standard norms of
white, Christian, male leadership of large swathes of the Red Cross
movement, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and humanitarian
organisations more broadly.
In their edited book Gendering GlobalHumanitarianism in
the Twentieth Century , historians Esther Möller, Johannes
Paulmann and Katharina Stornig discuss the under-researched topic of the