NCS Virtual Colloquium: The Moral Economy of Humanitarianism: From Bottom-up to Upside-down
Professor Norbert Götz, Södertörn University, presents his new book "Humanitarianism in the Modern World: The Moral Economy of Famine Relief".
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Norbert Götz presents his new book "Humanitarianism in the Modern World: The Moral Economy of Famine Relief", (CUP 2020, co-authored with Georgina Brewis and Steffen Werther), which introduces an original moral economy approach to shed new light on the forces and ideas that motivate and shape humanitarian action.
Aid appeals, aid allocation, and accounting for relief given – the future, present, and past of humanitarian action – are examined in three case studies on Great Irish Famine, the famine of 1921–1922 in Soviet Russia and the Ukraine, and the 1980s Ethiopian famine.
These episodes are considered as representative for three distinctive periods of humanitarianism, which are based on the moral economy approach: the time of elitist laissez-faire liberalism in the nineteenth century, which was one of ad hoc humanitarianism; that of Taylorism and mass society from c.1900–1970, which was one of organised humanitarianism; and the blend of individualised post-material lifestyles and neoliberal public management since 1970, which was one of expressive humanitarianism.
The book as a whole shifts the focus of the history of humanitarianism from the imperatives of crisis management to the pragmatic mechanisms of fundraising, relief efforts on the ground, and accounting.
- The book is available Open Access.
Professor Daniel Maul, University of Oslo, will introduce Götz and lead the conversation.