Humanitarianism and Suffering: The Mobilization of Empathy by Richard Ashby Wilson, Richard D. Brown

Humanitarianism and Suffering: The Mobilization of Empathy Author: Richard Ashby Wilson, Richard D. Brown
eBook Title: Humanitarianism and Suffering: The Mobilization of Empathy
ISBN10: 0521298385
ISBN13: 978-0521298384
Language: English
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Reissue edition (May 26, 2011)
Category: Other
Subcategory: Social Sciences
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Humanitarian sentiments have motivated a variety of manifestations of pity, from nineteenth-century movements to end slavery to the creation of modern international humanitarian law. While humanitarianism is clearly political, Humanitarianism and Suffering addresses the ways in which it is also an ethos embedded in civil society, one that drives secular and religious social and cultural movements, not just legal and political institutions. As an ethos, humanitarianism has a strong narrative and representational dimension that can generate humanitarian constituencies for particular causes. The emotional nature of compassion is closely linked to visual and literary images of suffering and innocence. Essays in the volume analyze the character, form, and voice of private or public narratives themselves and explain how and why some narratives of suffering energize political movements of solidarity, whereas others do not. Humanitarianism and Suffering explores when, how, and why humanitarian movements become widespread popular movements. It shows how popular sentiments move political and social elites to action and, conversely, how national elites appropriate humanitarian ideals for more instrumental ends.