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Beyond Compassion: Gender and Humanitarian Action

Number of pages73
PublisherCambridge : Cambridge University Press
  • Element Series Histories of Emotions and the Senses
Publication date2023-12-31
First online date2023-11-09

This is a call to engage with the histories of emotions and the senses, as well as with the new history of experiences, in order to write a gendered history of humanitarian action. This Element challenges essentialist interpretations according to which women have undertaken humanitarian action because of their allegedly compassionate nature. Instead, it shows how humanitarianism has allowed women to participate in international politics by claiming their rights as citizens, struggling against class inequalities, racial segregation and sexual discrimination in the light of disparate feelings such as resentment, hope, trust, shame and indignation. Ultimately, these case studies are understood to represent historically created moral economies of care: distinctive ways of feeling, performing and knowing humanitarianism which have evolved in relation to shifting emotional values associated with what it means to be human.

  • Emotions
  • Experiences
  • Gender
  • Humanitarianism
  • Care
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MARTIN MORUNO, Dolorès. Beyond Compassion: Gender and Humanitarian Action. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2023. (Element Series Histories of Emotions and the Senses) doi: 10.1017/9781009417075
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