Chapter 23: To help or not to help? Humanitarian spaces, power, and government
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Humanitarian aid is delivered to war zones, refugee camps, and other diverse spaces where human survival is at risk, but its application is geographically uneven, shaped by geopolitics as much as principles of compassion and neutrality. Humanitarian interventions are constellations of power relations that govern those whom they help and the spaces in which they reside. By exploring international humanitarian law and principles, and then “humanitarian government” and governmentalities, the conditions attached to the “right to life” and related humanitarian intervention are analyzed. What are the prevailing spatialities of humanitarian aid?

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Edited by Mat Coleman and John Agnew
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