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Author Kennedy, David
Title The Dark Sides of Virtue : Reassessing International Humanitarianism
Imprint Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2005
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Note COVER -- CONTENTS -- PREFACE -- ACKNOWLEDGMENTS -- PART I: THE INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN AS ADVOCATE AND ACTIVIST -- ONE: THE INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS MOVEMENT: PART OF THE PROBLEM? -- HUMAN RIGHTS OCCUPIES THE FIELD OF EMANCIPATORY POSSIBILITY -- HUMAN RIGHTS VIEWS THE PROBLEM AND THE SOLUTION TOO NARROWLY -- HUMAN RIGHTS GENERALIZES TOO MUCH -- HUMAN RIGHTS PARTICULARIZES TOO MUCH -- HUMAN RIGHTS IS LIMITED BY ITS RELATIONSHIP TO WESTERN LIBERALISM -- HUMAN RIGHTS PROMISES MORE THAN IT CAN DELIVER -- THE LEGAL REGIME OF "HUMAN RIGHTS," TAKEN AS A WHOLE, DOES MORE TO PRODUCE AND EXCUSE VIOLATIONS THAN TO PREVENT AND REMEDY THEM -- THE HUMAN RIGHTS BUREAUCRACY IS ITSELF PART OF THE PROBLEM -- THE HUMAN RIGHTS MOVEMENT STRENGTHENS BAD INTERNATIONAL GOVERNANCE -- HUMAN RIGHTS PROMOTION CAN BE BAD POLITICS IN PARTICULAR CONTEXTS -- TWO: SPRING BREAK: THE ACTIVIST INDIVIDUAL -- INTRODUCTIONS -- THINKING AHEAD -- CROSSING OVER -- PROFESSIONAL ROLES -- DIRECT EXAMINATION: TELLING ANA'S STORY -- CROSS-EXAMINATION: THE DOCTOR'S TALE -- THE MEN OF LIBERTAD -- TRANSITION: PREPARING TO ACT -- A MOMENT OF ADVOCACY -- THE AFTERMATH -- EPILOGUE -- THREE: AUTUMN WEEKEND: THE ACTIVIST COMMUNITY -- SETTING IT UP -- THE ENTRANCE -- THE EARLY WORK OF ESTABLISHMENT -- THE PLATFORM TAKES OFF -- A CONSTITUTED LIFE -- PART II: THE INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN AS POLICY MAKER -- FOUR: HUMANITARIAN POLICY MAKING: PRAGMATISM WITHOUT POLITICS? -- LOOKING FOR POLITICS EVERYWHERE BUT IN THE HUMANITARIAN VERNACULAR -- IDEAS WITH CONSEQUENCES: THE POLITICS OF POLICY EXPERTISE -- HUMANITARIANS AND THE EXERCISE OF POWER -- FIVE: THE RULE OF LAW AS A STRATEGY FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT -- LEGAL FORMALIZATION -- CORRUPTION -- SIX: BRINGING MARKET DEMOCRACY TO EASTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE -- INTERNATIONAL TRADE: NORMALCY AND DEVIATION
INSIDE THE EUROPEAN UNION: REGULATING THE INTERNAL MARKET -- AFTER THE FALL: BRUSSELS ENGAGES THE EAST -- THE TRANSITION: POLICY IN BRUSSELS -- THE TRANSITION: POLICY IN THE EAST -- ALTERNATIVES: IMPROVING THE TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT -- SEVEN: THE INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION OF REFUGEES -- THE UNHCR: NEITHER RESETTLEMENT NOR REPATRIATION -- MANAGING THE UNHCR'S JURISDICTION -- SEEKING SOLUTIONS FOR REFUGEES -- PROTECTION DEBATES: NEITHER JURISDICTION NOR SOLUTIONS -- EIGHT: HUMANITARIANISM AND FORCE -- HUMANITARIANISM ABOUT WARFARE: THE EMERGENCE OF PRAGMATISM -- HUMANITARIANISM IN THE WAR MACHINE -- THE DARK SIDES OF HUMANITARIAN POLICY MAKING-REVISITED -- THE DARK SIDES OF HUMANITARIAN PRAGMATISM: BAD FAITH AND THE CORROSION OF PRACTICAL REASON -- NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN THE WORLD COURT: PRAGMATIC HUMANITARIAN JUDGING -- PART III: WHAT INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIANISM SHOULD BECOME -- NINE: HUMANITARIAN POWER -- 1. INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIANISM RULES -- 2. INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIANISM IS POWERFUL -- 3. THE BACKGROUND IS THE FOREGROUND -- 4. WEIGH OUTCOMES, NOT STRUCTURES -- 5. IT'S NOT ABOUT "INTERVENING" -- 6. ASK NOT FOR WHOM THE HUMANITARIAN TOILS -- 7. TOOLS ARE TOOLS -- 8. PROGRESS IS NOT PROGRAM -- 9. HUMANITARIANISM AS CRITIQUE -- 10. DECISION, AT ONCE RESPONSIBLE AND UNCERTAIN -- INDEX
In this provocative and timely book, David Kennedy explores what can go awry when we put our humanitarian yearnings into action on a global scale--and what we can do in response. Rooted in Kennedy's own experience in numerous humanitarian efforts, the book examines campaigns for human rights, refugee protection, economic development, and for humanitarian limits to the conduct of war. It takes us from the jails of Uruguay to the corridors of the United Nations, from the founding of a non-governmental organization dedicated to the liberation of East Timor to work aboard an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. Kennedy shares the satisfactions of international humanitarian engagement--but also the disappointments of a faith betrayed. With humanitarianism's new power comes knowledge that even the most well-intentioned projects can create as many problems as they solve. Kennedy develops a checklist of the unforeseen consequences, blind spots, and biases of humanitarian work--from focusing too much on rules and too little on results to the ambiguities of waging war in the name of human rights. He explores the mix of altruism, self-doubt, self-congratulation, and simple disorientation that accompany efforts to bring humanitarian commitments to foreign settings. Writing for all those who wish that "globalization" could be more humane, Kennedy urges us to think and work more pragmatically. A work of unusual verve, honesty, and insight, this insider's account urges us to embrace the freedom and the responsibility that come with a deeper awareness of the dark sides of humanitarian governance
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Kennedy, David The Dark Sides of Virtue : Reassessing International Humanitarianism Princeton : Princeton University Press,c2005 9780691123943
Subject Humanitarian assistance.;Humanitarianism
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