New Humanitarianism and the Crisis of Charity

New Humanitarianism and the Crisis of Charity

Good Intentions on the Road to Help
Michael Mascarenhas
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 05/22/2017
Format: Hardback 13 b&w illus., 4 tables
ISBN: 978-0-253-02612-5
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Soaring poverty levels and 24-hour media coverage of global disasters have caused a surge in the number of international non-governmental organizations that address suffering on a massive scale. But how are these new global networks transforming the politics and power dynamics of humanitarian policy and practice? In New Humanitarianism and the Crisis of Charity, Michael Mascarenhas considers that issue using water management projects in India and Rwanda as case studies. Mascarenhas analyzes the complex web of agreements —both formal and informal—that are made between businesses, governments, and aid organizations, as well as the contradictions that arise when capitalism meets humanitarianism.

Author Bio

Michael Mascarenhas is Associate Professor in the Science and Technology Studies Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is author of Where the Waters Divide: Neoliberalism, White Privilege, and Environmental Racism in Canada and a Framing the Global fellow.


New Humanitarianism would be an excellent addition to courses on development, inequality, public policy, and globalization, and it could (maybe should) be read by an audience beyond sociologists.”
 — American Journal of Sociology

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Table of Contents

1. I am Here to Help
2. Educating the Global Humanitarian Citizen
3. The Business of Humanity and the Humanitarian Business
4. Failure is the F Word
Conclusion: A Crime Against Humanity