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Routledge Handbook of Humanitarian Communication

ISBN 9781138230576
Published September 30, 2021 by Routledge
486 Pages 38 B/W Illustrations

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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.

Table of Contents


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

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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).