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Above the fray the Red Cross and the making of the humanitarian NGO sector

Author: Shai M Dromi
Publisher: Chicago London University of Chicago Press 2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The humanitarian space -- Inter arma caritas: The cultural origins of humanitarian NGOs -- The Réveil and the founding of the Red Cross -- The spread of humanitarian culture across borders -- The spread of humanitarian logics into new domains -- Sans-frontiérisme and the rise of "new humanitarianism"--Reconsidering the culture of the humanitarian field.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shai M Dromi
ISBN: 9780226680248 022668024X 9780226680101 022668010X
OCLC Number: 1176329953
Description: xi, 225 Seiten Illustrationen, Diagramme
Responsibility: Shai M. Dromi

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The humanitarian space -- Inter arma caritas: The cultural origins of humanitarian NGOs -- The Réveil and the founding of the Red Cross -- The spread of humanitarian culture across borders -- The spread of humanitarian logics into new domains -- Sans-frontiérisme and the rise of "new humanitarianism"--Reconsidering the culture of the humanitarian field.

"We now take humanitarian nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) such as the Red Cross or Oxfam for granted, but as sociologist Shai Dromi shows us, these social organizations are a relatively recent invention. In fact, when the Red Cross movement, which arose from the efforts of orthodox Calvinists, first began to advocate for impartial humanitarian work in the mid-1800s, it was met with incredulity, suspicion, and ethical objections. But within two decades the idea that humanitarian organizations are an absolute social necessity swept North Atlantic civil societies, giving rise to a growing humanitarian sector that spanned three continents and appealed to aristocrats, professionals, clergy, and working classes alike. The genesis of the humanitarian field from the religious convictions of its founders provides an exceptionally revealing historical case that demonstrates how abstract moral beliefs create new social institutions that, in turn, preserve and replicate them through history"-

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