1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Humanitarian Communication

Edited By Lilie Chouliaraki, Anne Vestergaard Copyright 2022
    486 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    486 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Humanitarian Communication is an authoritative and comprehensive guide to research in the academic sub-field of humanitarian communication. It is broadly focused on communication that presents human vulnerability as a cause for public concern and encompasses communication with respect to humanitarian aid and development as well as human rights and "humanitarian" wars.
    Recent years have seen the expansion of critical scholarship on humanitarian communication across a range of academic fields, sharing recognition of the centrality of media and communications to our understanding of humanitarianism as an agent of transnational power, global governance and cosmopolitan solidarity. The Handbook brings into dialogue these diverse fields, their theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches as well as the public debates that lie at the heart of the contemporary politics of humanitarianism. It consolidates existing knowledge and maps out this emerging field as an important site of interdisciplinary knowledge production on media, communication and humanitarianism.
    As such, the Handbook is not simply a collection of texts sharing a similar theme. It is a coherent intellectual contribution which systematizes current critical scholarship in terms of Domains, Methods and Issues and sets an agenda of emerging and evolving research priorities in the field. Consisting of 26 chapters written by international scholars, who have contributed to laying the foundation of the field, this volume provides an essential guide to the key ideas, issues, concepts and debates of humanitarian communication.


    Humanitarian Communication in the 21st Century

    Lilie Chouliaraki and Anne Vestergaard 


    1. Disaster Aid as a Domain of Media and Humanitarian Politics 

    Mervi Pantti

    2. Development and its Narratives 

    Helen Yanacopoulos

    3. Human Rights, Culture and Media

    Kate Nash

    4. Media and Compassion in Digital War 

    Andrew Hoskins


    5. The Audience of Humanitarian Communication  

    Maria Kyriakidou

    6. Text-analytical Approaches to Humanitarian Communication 

    Anne Vestergaard

    7. Production-centered Approaches to Humanitarian Communication 

    Glenda Cooper

    8. Ethnography in Humanitarian Communication: Descending into the Lifeworlds of Witnessing and Wounded Subjects

    Jonathan Corpus Ong



    9. The Logic of Projects in Humanitarian Relief

    Monica Krause

    10. Micro-mapping: Digital Humanitarianism and the Politics of Material Participation in Disaster Relief 

    Michal Givoni

    11. Technocolonialism: Digital Innovation and Data Practices in the Humanitarian Response to Refugee Crises

    Mirca Madianou

    12. The Politics of Humanitarian Journalism

    Martin Scott, Kate Wright and Mel Bunce

    13. Conflicted Witnesses: Journalists and the Humanitarian Imaginary

    Richard Stupart

    14. Human Rights Protests and Mediated Violence

    César Jiménez-Martinez


    15. Celebrity Advocacy

    Dan Brockington

    16. Brand Aid: Humanitarianism in Corporate Communication

    Lisa Ann Richey and Stefano Ponte

    17. Humanitarianism in the African Luxury Designer Market

    Mehita Iqani

    18. Corporate Social Responsibility and the Humanitarian Civic Imaginary

    Robert DeChaine

    19. Volunteer Tourism as Humanitarian Communication

    Mary Mostafanezhad

    20. Humanitarianism and Microfinance 

    Anke Scwhittay

    Histories and Futures

    21. Humanitarian Imagery: Historical registers in the representation of atrocity

    Simon Cottle

    22. Photography and Humanitarian Intervention: The Early Years, 1850s–1914 

    Jeremy Adelman

    23. MSF: Silence heals. From the Cold War to the War on Terror 

    Fabrice Weissman

    24. How Do We Arm the Other Eleven? Humanitarianism, Commodities and Jobs

    Bruce Robbins

    25. Post-humanitarianism: Solidarity beyond the Politics of Pity

    Lilie Chouliaraki

    26. Data Witnessing: Attending to Injustice with Data in Amnesty International’s Decoders Project

    Jonathan Gray


    Lilie Chouliaraki is a Professor of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has published extensively on distant suffering as a problem of communication and is the author, co-author or editor of eight volumes, including Discourse in Late Modernity (1999), The Spectatorship of Suffering (2006/2011), The Soft Power of War (ed., 2008), The Ironic Spectator (2013) and The Digital Border (2022).

    Anne Vestergaard
    is an Associate Professor at Copenhagen Business School. Her research revolves around mainstream discourses of morality, pursued in two strands of research, one concerning humanitarian communication, the other concerning CSR communication. Vestergaard’s work is published in international journals such as Business & Society, Journal of Business Ethics and Critical Discourse Studies. In addition, Vestergaard is co-editor of Civic Engagement and Social Media. Political Participation Beyond Protest (2015).