Inside the Humanitarian Cloud: Causes and Motivations to Help Friends and Strangers

Laqua, Daniel (2014) Inside the Humanitarian Cloud: Causes and Motivations to Help Friends and Strangers. Journal of Modern European History, 12 (2). pp. 175-185. ISSN 1611-8944

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Abstract

This essay examines humanitarianism as both a concept and a practice. The piece discusses the tropes and ideas that sustained the construction of humanitarian causes - from compassion and solidarity t moral outrage. It subsequently focuses on strategies and mechanisms that sustained humanitarian campaigns, in particular the use of 'information politics'. Finally, it sheds light on the ways in which activists viewed the objects of their campaigns. In this context, the tension between identification and self-interest emerges as a major theme. The essay seeks to capture the different features of humanitarianism and its protagonists through the metaphor of the 'humanitarian cloud'.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: V100 History by period
V200 History by area
V300 History by topic
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Humanities
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Depositing User: Daniel Laqua
Date Deposited: 27 May 2014 08:09
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2016 15:32
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/16470

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