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Humanitarianism and Challenges of Cooperation

1st Edition

Edited by Volker M. Heins, Kai Koddenbrock, Christine Unrau


230 pages

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Humanitarianism as a moral concept and an organized practice has become a major factor in world society. It channels an enormous amount of resources and serves as an argument for different kinds of interference into the "internal affairs" of countries and regions. At the same time, and for these very reasons, it is an ideal testing ground for successful and unsuccessful cooperation across borders.

Humanitarianism and the Challenges of Cooperation examines the multiple humanitarianisms of today as a testing ground for new ways of global cooperation. General trends in the contemporary transformation of humanitarianism are studied and individual cases of how humanitarian actors cooperate with others on the ground are investigated. This book offers a highly innovative, empirically informed account of global humanitarianism from the point of view of cooperation research in which internationally renowned contributors analyse broad trends and present case studies based on meticulous fieldwork.

This book will be of great interest to students and researchers in the areas of political science, international relations and humanitarianism. It is also a valuable resource for humanitarian aid workers.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Cultures of Humanitarianism, Old and New Volker Heins and Christine Unrau Part I: Transforming the Humanitarian Enterprise: Principles, Politics, and Professionalism 1. Humanitarianism’s Contested Culture in War Zones Thomas G. Weiss 2.Humanitarianism Reborn: The Shift from Governing Causes to Governing Effects David Chandler 3. Instrumentalisation of Aid in Humanitarian Crises: Obstacle or Precondition for Cooperation? Dennis Dijkzeul and Dorothea Hilhorst 4. Decoding the Software of Humanitarian Action: Universal or Pluriversal Antonio Donini 5.More than morals: Making Sense of the Rise of Humanitarian Aid Organisations Kai Koddenbrock 6. Stronger, Faster, Better: Three Logics of Humanitarian Futureproofing Kristin Bergtora Sandvik Part II: Cooperating in Humanitarian Action: Changes on the Ground 7. Science and Charity: Rival Catholic Visions for Humanitarian Practice at the End of Empire Charlotte Walker-Said 8.Religion and (Non-)Cooperation in Tanzanian Communication Campaigns against Female Genital Cutting Mathis Danelzik 9. Islamic Charities from the Arab World in Africa: Intercultural Encounters of Humanitarianism and Morality Mayke Kaag 10. The Changing Role of China in International Humanitarian Cooperation: Challenges and Opportunities Hanna Bianca Krebs 11.Between Marketisation and Altruism: Humanitarian Assistance, NGOs and Private Military and Security Companies Jutta Joachim and Andrea Schneiker 12. The Impact of the Security Council on the Efficacy of the International Criminal Court and the Responsibility to Protect Aidan Hehir and Anthony F Lang Jr


About the Editors

Volker Heins is Head of Interculturality Research at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

Kai Koddenbrock is a Lecturer at the institute for Political Science, University of Aachen, Germany

Christine Unrau is a Research assistant for the Centre for Global Cooperation, Germany

About the Series

Routledge Global Cooperation Series

The Routledge Global Cooperation series develops innovative approaches to understanding, explaining and answering one of the most pressing questions of our time – how can cooperation in a culturally diverse world of nine billion people succeed?

We are rapidly approaching our planet’s limits, with trends such as advancing climate change and the destruction of biological diversity jeopardising our natural life support systems. Accelerated globalisation processes lead to an ever growing interconnectedness of markets, states, societies, and individuals. Many of today's problems cannot be solved by nation states alone. Intensified cooperation at the local, national, international, and global level is needed to tackle current and looming global crises.

This interdisciplinary series welcomes proposals from a wide range of disciplines such as international relations and global governance, environment and sustainability, development studies, international law, history, political theory or economy which develop theoretical, analytical, and normative approaches concerning pressing global cooperation questions. We favour books that take an interdisciplinary approach and appeal to an international readership comprised of scholars and postgraduate students.

To submit proposals, please contact the Development Studies Editor, Helena Hurd (

Tobias Debiel, Claus Leggewie and Dirk Messner are Co-Directors of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Their research areas are, among others, Global Governance, Climate Change, Peacebuilding and Cultural Diversity of Global Citizenship. The three Co-Directors are, at the same time, based in their home institutions, which participate in the Centre, namely the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE, Messner) in Bonn, the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF, Debiel) in Duisburg and The Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI, Leggewie) in Essen.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy