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Humanitarianism and Human Rights


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Introduction. World of differences? Michael Barnett; Part I. Differences or Distinctions?: 1. Human rights and humanitarianization: from separation to intersection Samuel Moyn; 2. Suffering and status Jeffrey Flynn; 3. Humanitarianism and human rights in morality and practice Charles R. Beitz; 4. For a fleeting moment: the short, happy, life of humanism Stephen Hopgood; Part II. Practices: 5. Humanitarian governance and the circumvention of revolutionary human rights in the British Empire Alan Lester; 6. Humanitarian intervention as an entangled history of humanitarianism and human rights Fabian Klose; 7. Mobilizing emotions: shame, victimhood, and agency Bronwyn Leebaw; 8. At odds? Human rights and humanitarian approaches to violence against women during conflict Aisling Swaine; 9. Innocence: shaping the concept and practice of humanity Miriam Ticktin; 10. Reckoning with time: vexed temporalities in human rights and humanitarianism Ilana Feldman; 11. Between the border and a hard place: negotiating protection and humanitarian aid after the genocide in Cambodia, 1979-1999 Bertrand Taithe; Conclusion. Practices of humanity Michael Barnett; Bibliography; Index.

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Explores the fluctuating relationship between human rights and humanitarianism and the changing nature of the politics and practices of humanity.

About the Author

Michael N. Barnett is University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at the George Washington University, Washington DC. He has written critically acclaimed books on global ethics, humanitarian intervention, and humanitarianism, including Eyewitness to a Genocide: The United Nations and Rwanda (2002) and Empire of Humanity (2012) and edited Paternalism Beyond Borders (2016).


'The fraught relationship between humanitarianism and human rights is brilliantly illuminated in this excellent collection. Many of the key figures in the contemporary discourse feature in the theoretical section of the book, but the strength of the volume rests equally on a series of well-crafted practical studies. Very highly recommended.' Chris Brown, Emeritus Professor of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science
'A volume like this one was needed, expected and long overdue. It raises important questions, explores crucial issues, and provides useful answers on the vexata quaestio of the worlds of difference between humanitarianism and human rights. Scholars intertwine their multiple disciplinary optics, approaches and expertise in a fruitful dialogue.' Davide Rodogno, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
'As the rise of nationalism and counter-terrorism measures threaten to stall or set-back progress made over the last century towards a universalization of human rights and humanitarian norms, this book offers a collection of rich, sometimes opposing, perspectives on the evolution and meaning of these ideals. It provides much needed intellectual sustenance to inform critical thinking and debate on how to uphold norms of humanity in these challenging times.' Fiona Terry, Head of the ICRC's Centre for Operational Research and Experience (CORE)

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