Chapter

Introduction

Didier Fassin

in Humanitarian Reason

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780520271166
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950481 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520271166.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter presents an introduction to the study in this book. The book focuses on humanitarian government, which is used to designate the deployment of moral sentiments in contemporary politics. Humanitarianism inextricably links values and affects, and serves both to define and to justify discourses and practices of the government of human beings. The book aims to discuss various issues that affect the deployment of humanitarian reason in the contemporary public space and explores the various ways in which moral sentiments have recently reconfigured politics. The first section of the book examines the various policies related to the marginal and the excluded that were implemented in France over the past two decades. The second section discusses four case studies to study how the implementation of humanitarian practices addresses various afflictions throughout the world.

Keywords: humanitarian reason; humanitarian government; humanitarianism; contemporary politics; France

Chapter.  7468 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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