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Genealogies of Care

Ticktin Miriam

in Casualties of Care

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780520269040
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950535 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520269040.003.0007
Genealogies of Care

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This chapter traces the genealogy of one critical transnational regime of care—what has been called the “new humanitarianism,” referring to the movement of sans-frontière-isme that started with Médecins sans Frontières in 1971. The chapter suggests that, in practice, this shift to the moral imperative occurs through a conflation of the social, the political, and the medical: for instance, illness becomes one of the primary ways not only to render visible but to experience forms of alienation, isolation, malaise, inequality, hardship, violence, or disability. It also explores the increasing emphasis on doing politics through regimes of care by discussing two movements born about twenty years apart, but brought into the world by many of the same actors: Médecins sans Frontières and SAMU Social, the social emergency service.

Keywords: genealogy; regime; care; new humanitarianism; sans-frontière-isme; Médecins sans Frontières; illness; SAMU Social; emergency service

Chapter.  9790 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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