Humanitarianism: Keywords is a comprehensive dictionary designed as a compass for navigating the conceptual universe of humanitarianism. It is an intuitive toolkit to map contemporary humanitarianism and to explore its current and future articulations. The dictionary serves a broad readership of practitioners, students, and researchers by providing informed access to the extensive humanitarian vocabulary.
Antonio De Lauri is a social and cultural anthropologist. He has conducted research in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Europe on issues related to war, justice, human rights, and humanitarianism. He is currently Research Professor at the Chr. Michelsen Institute, co-director of the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies, Editor of the Berghahn Books Humanitarianism and Security series, co-convener of the EASA Anthropology of Humanitarianism Network, and Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Brill journal Public Anthropologist.
"This is an original and rigorous exploration of key categories that define both the genealogy and development of humanitarianism. By presenting the dynamics and paradoxes of the humanitarian domain in a dictionary form, the protagonists of the humanitarian enterprise can see more clearly the underlying factors at work through the tensions that affect the sphere of action. It is through informed reflections and syntheses like this dictionary that controversies can become dialogue. This dictionary is indispensable for correctly contextualising and interpreting one of the major political and moral phenomena of the contemporary world."
– Mariella Pandolfi, Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, University of Montreal
"This interdisciplinary dictionary on keywords in the field of humanitarianism is indispensable in today's world."
– Laura Nader, Professor of Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley
"A strategic selection of sharply focused and neatly concise yet at the same time valuably connotational sketches of some key terms - and principles and ethics - of humanitarian intervention and aid, each entry with a few references for further study added. Excellent."
– Raymond Apthorpe, Royal Anthropological Institute, London, and the University of Cambridge
"The title of the volume downplays its important contribution. The 107 entries provide not only a succinct overview of many of the critical and controversial concepts of humanitarianism, but also a mapping of the shifting ground on which humanitarianism sits. Concise enough to be valuable to those entering the field, while nuanced enough to be a reference for those in the field."
– Michael Barnett, University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science, George Washington University
“Humanitarianism is a field which depends heavily on terms of art. Knowing the key concepts in the field—their history, their resonances, their connections to specific policies and practices—is important for anyone who wants to work in or on humanitarianism. This dictionary is more than just a collection of definitions. Written by some of the leading scholars of humanitarianism, this is an essential map of all the key ideas in the field."
– Elizabeth Cullen Dunn, Professor of Geography, Indiana University, Bloomington
Foreword Acknowledgement Notes on Contributors Accountability Salla Turunen Advocacy Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert Anti-slavery Dean Pavlakis Atrocity Noora Kotilainen Big Data Per Aarvik Borders Katerina Rozakou Camp Luigi Achilli Capacity Development Elling Tjønneland Care Kristin Bergtora Sandvik Celebrities Noora Kotilainen Charity Heike Drotbohm Children Giuseppe Bolotta Civil Society Antonio De Lauri Civil–military Cooperation Deniz Gökalp Communication Ingvild Hestad Corruption Arne Strand Criminalization Kristin Bergtora Sandvik Crisis Katerina Rozakou Decolonization Antonio Donini Digital Humanitarianism Per Aarvik Diplomacy Antonio De Lauri Displacement Are John Knudsen Doctrine Kristoffer Lidén Documents Julie Billaud Donors Elling Tjønneland Education Antonio De Lauri and Karin Ask Emergency Estella Carpi Epidemic Lauren Carruth Ethics Kristoffer Lidén Evaluation Elling Tjønneland Expatriates Andrea Steinke Financing Elling Tjønneland Food Valerio Colosio Foreign Aid Ekatherina Zhukova Gender Empowerment Julie Billaud Genocide Anna Gopsill Gift Čarna Brković Global Health Nichola Khan Governance Lovise Aalen Human Dignity Divine Fuh Human Rights Miia Halme-Tuomisaarii Human Security Alice Massari Human Trafficking Luigi Achilli Humanitarian Corridor Sophia Hoffmann Humanitarian Design Brita Fladvad Nielsen Humanitarian Soldier Noora Kotilainen Humanitarian War Deniz Gökalp Humanitarian–development Nexus Arne Strand Humanity Francesca Romeo Impartiality Sophia Hoffmann Independence Antonio De Lauri and Salla Turunen Indicators Anna Louise Strachan Innocence Giuseppe Bolotta Innovation Shakira Bedoya International Cooperation Sophia Hoffmann International Humanitarian Law Miia Halme-Tuomisaari International Organizations Anna Louise Strachan Livelihoods Estella Carpi Media Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert Medical Neutrality Lauren Carruth Mental Health Nichola Khan Migration Cathrine Talleraas Minorities Alexander Horstmann Missionary Peter Stamatov Mitigation Shakira Bedoya Monitoring Mechanisms Miia Halme-Tuomisaari Moral Responsibility Antonio Donini Needs Clara Egger Neutrality Andrew Gilbert Non-governmental Organizations Valerio Colosio Peace-building Kristoffer Lidén Philanthropy Katerina Rozakou Photography Alice Massari Post-disaster Recovery Alicia Sliwinski Postwar Reconstruction Julie Billaud Private Sector Deniz Gökalp Professionalization Andrea Steinke Protection Jessica Leigh Schultz Quarantine Shakira Bedoya Refugee Jessica Leigh Schultz Religion Alexander Horstmann Resilience Alicia Sliwinski Responsibility to Protect Astri Suhrke Risk Assessment Alexandra Sarazen Rule of Law Agathe Mora Safe Haven Anna Louise Strachan Safeguarding Kristin Bergtora Sandvik Securitization Larissa Fast Sentiments Anke Schwittay Shelter Valerio Colosio Solidarity Katerina Rozakou South–South Cooperation Salla Turunen Sovereignty Sophia Hoffmann Stabilization Deniz Gökalp State-building Torunn Wimpelmann Suffering Noora Kotilainen Technology Katja Lindskov Jacobsen Training Shakira Bedoya Transitional Justice Agathe Mora Trauma Ekatherina Zhukova Universality Kristoffer Lidén Utopia Alicia Sliwinski Vernacular Humanitarianism Čarna Brković Victim Giuseppe Bolotta Voluntary Work Katerina Rozakou Vulnerability Ekatherina Zhukova Water Marianna Betti and Camila Gianella
Students and researchers of humanitarian studies, and all interested in post-war and post-disaster relief, emergency, crisis, and international interventions. Also of interest for practitioners and workers of NGOs and humanitarian organizations.