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Humanitarian Reason: A Moral History of the Present

Didier Fassin


In the face of the world's disorders, moral concerns have provided a powerful ground for developing international as well as local policies. This book draws on case materials from France, South Africa, Venezuela, and Palestine to explore the meaning of humanitarianism in the contexts of immigration and asylum, disease and poverty, disaster and war. It traces and analyzes recent shifts in moral and political discourse and practices—what it terms “humanitarian reason”—and shows how humanitarianism is confronted by inequality and violence. Illuminating the tensions and contradictions in humanitar ... More

Keywords: humanitarianism, immigration, asylum, disease, poverty, disaster, war, humanitarian reason, inequality, violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520271166
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520271166.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Didier Fassin, author