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

TitleInside the Humanitarian Cloud: Causes and Motivations to Help Friends and Strangers
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsLaqua, Daniel
JournalJournal of Modern European History
Volume12
Issue2
Pagination175-185
Date Published05/2014
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 to 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'.

URLhttps://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.17104/1611-8944_2014_2_175
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