Le souci de soi: The Duty of Care and the Humanitarian Politics of Life

Anna Leander

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The care for the humanitarian self is moving into the centre. This chapter focuses on the place of one specific dispositive, tracing one particular process that has deepened the aporia of humanitarian work and reason. The voluntary guidelines even suggested that humanitarian organisations needed to create a “security culture” for themselves. The Duty of Care (DoC) fashions the evaluations and meanings that make up Fassin’s humanitarian politics of life tilting it toward the care for the security of the humanitarians. The DoC becomes a dispositive inscribing hierarchies of priorities, including a duty of obedience toward security professionals, in the technology of through which humanitarian works can realise themselves as ethical and moral subject “with the help of others” to retake Foucault’s terms. Humanitarians circulate in armoured vehicles and confine themselves to well-guarded compounds and hotels serviced on an international level.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Duty of Care in International Relations : Protecting Citizens Beyond the Border
EditorsNina Græger, Halvard Leira
Number of pages16
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)9781138545892
ISBN (Electronic)9781351001687
Publication statusPublished - 2019
SeriesRoutledge Advances In International Relations And Global Politics

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