25. Humanitarianism

  1. Didier Fassin
  1. Peter Redfield

Published Online: 22 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118290620.ch25

A Companion to Moral Anthropology

A Companion to Moral Anthropology

How to Cite

Redfield, P. (2012) Humanitarianism, in A Companion to Moral Anthropology (ed D. Fassin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118290620.ch25

Editor Information

  1. University of California Press, USA

Author Information

  1. University of California Press, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 AUG 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470656457

Online ISBN: 9781118290620

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Keywords:

  • politics, and humanitarianism;
  • problem of situating moral action amid secular politics;
  • contemporary international discourse, recognizing “humanitarianism” as justifiable;
  • humanitarian view, unsettling for anthropological sensibilities;
  • contemporary humanitarianism, operating in a world of secular reference;
  • transnational NGOs, explicitly defining themselves through such terms;
  • humanitarianism beyond emergency;
  • aid as a form of “secular religion,” Christianity, the religious heritage in question

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • “Not a Relief Organization”

  • Humanitarianism Beyond Emergency

  • The Double Edge of Intervention

  • Conclusion: The Secular Discomfort of Antipolitics

  • References