Bureaucratizing the Good Samaritan
The Limitations of Humanitarian Relief Operations
By (author) Tony Waters
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Bureaucratizing the Good Samaritan by Tony Waters
Book DescriptionBureaucratizing the Good Samaritan is about the organization of refugee relief programs. It describes the practical, political, and moral assumptions of the "international refugee relief regime." Tony Waters emphasizes that the agencies delivering humanitarian relief are embedded in rationalized bureaucracies whose values are determined by their institutional frameworks. The demand for "victims" is observed in the close relation between the interests of the popular press and the decisions made by bureaucracies.This presents a paradox in all humanitarian relief organizations, but perhaps no more so than in the Rwanda Relief Operations (1994-96) which ended in the largest mass forced repatriation since the end of World War II. This crisis is analyzed with an assumption that there is a basic contradiction between the demands of the bureaucratized organization and the need of relief agencies to generate the emotional publicity to sustain the interest of northern donors. The book concludes by noting that if refugee relief programs are to become more effective, the connection between the press's emotional demands for "victims" and the bureaucratic organizations's decision processes need to be identified and reassessed.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780813367903
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 5-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United States
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Crime and Immigrant Youth, Paperback (May 1999)» View all books by Tony Waters
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Author Biography - Tony Waters
Tony Waters teaches sociology at California State University, Chico. He is the author of Crime and Immigrant Youth (1999) and articles about refugees, migration, and development. He worked with refugee relief programs in Thailand and Tanzania for six years.
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