New Humanitarianism and the Crisis of Charity (Hardcover)

Good Intentions on the Road to Help (Framing the Global)

By Michael Mascarenhas

Indiana University Press, 9780253026125, 176pp.

Publication Date: June 5, 2017

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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.

About the Author

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.