Humanitarianism: A collaborative reading list

While analysing our document collection for definitions, insights and debates on the key concept of humanitarianism, we came across a wide range of sources analysing the concept and many of its controversial aspects.

We compiled a baseline reading list. It’s by no means comprehensive, so hope that you can help us improve and extend it.

Please post your ideas in the thread below. Ideally these are formatted in APA 7th edition but don’t hesitate to just put an idea, link or comment.

Here is the baseline list:
You can find it on the Concept Entry page too: Humanitarian Encyclopedia

Alexander, J. (2013). Chasing chaos: My decade in and out of humanitarian aid. Broadway Books.

Allen, T., Macdonald, A., & Radice, H. (2018). Humanitarianism: A dictionary of concepts. Routledge.

ALNAP. (2021, November 23). ALNAP presentation: Modern humanitarian history in six evaluations. ALNAP presentation: modern humanitarian history in six evaluations - YouTube

Anderson, M. B., Annan, K. A., Brauman, R., Dallaire, R. A., Goldstone, R. J., Granderson, C. T., Hassner, P., Hehir, J. B., Ignatieff, M., & Martin, I. (1998). Hard choices: Moral dilemmas in humanitarian intervention. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Barnett, M. (2005). Humanitarianism Transformed. Perspectives on Politics, 3(4), 723–740.

Barnett, M. (2009). The international humanitarian order. Routledge.

Barnett, M. (2011). Empire of humanity: A history of humanitarianism. In Empire of Humanity: A History of Humanitarianism.

Barnett, M., & Stein, J. (2012). Sacred aid: Faith and humanitarianism. Oxford University Press.

Barnett, M., & Weiss, T. G. (2008). Humanitarianism in question: Politics, power, ethics. Cornell University Press.

Barnett, M., & Weiss, T. G. (2011). Humanitarianism contested: Where angels fear to tread. Routledge.

Bornstein, E., & Redfield, P. (2011). Forces of compassion: Humanitarianism between ethics and politics. SAR Press.

Buchanan-Smith, M. (2003). How the Sphere Project came into being: A case study of policy-making in the humanitarian aid sector and the relative influence of research. Overseas Development Institute London.

Campbell, D. (1998). Why fight: Humanitarianism, principles, and post-structuralism. Millennium, 27(3), 497–521.

Carbonnier, G. (2015). Humanitarian economics: War, disaster and the global aid market. Oxford University Press.

Chouliaraki, L. (2013). The ironic spectator: Solidarity in the age of post-humanitarianism. John Wiley & Sons.

Cottle, S., & Cooper, G. (2015). Humanitarianism, Communications and Change.

Currion, P. (2018). Network humanitarianism. Humanitarian Policy Group, Overseas Development Institute.

De Lauri, A. (2020). Humanitarianism: Keywords. Brill.

De Waal, A., & de Waal, D. A. (1997). Famine crimes: Politics & the disaster relief industry in Africa. Indiana University Press.

Duffield, M. (2018). Post-humanitarianism: Governing precarity in the digital world. John Wiley & Sons.

Dunant, H. (2013). A memory of Solferino. Ravenio Books.

Fassin, D. (2007). Humanitarianism as a Politics of Life. Public Culture, 19(3), 499–520.

Fassin, D. (2011). Humanitarian reason. University of California Press.

Forsythe, D. P. (2005). The Humanitarians: The International Committee of the Red Cross. Cambridge University Press.

Glasman, J. (2019). Humanitarianism and the Quantification of Human Needs: Minimal Humanity. Routledge.

Jumbert, M. G., & Pascucci, E. (2021). Citizen Humanitarianism at European Borders. Routledge.

Klein, N. (2007). The shock doctrine: The rise of disaster capitalism. Macmillan.

Labbé, J. (2012). Rethinking humanitarianism: Adapting to 21st century challenges. JSTOR.

Malkki, L. H. (1996). Speechless emissaries: Refugees, humanitarianism, and dehistoricization. Cultural Anthropology, 11(3), 377–404.

Marriage, Z. (2006). Not breaking the rules. Not playing the game. International assistance to countries at war. Hurst & Company.

Maxwell, D., & Gelsdorf, K. H. (2019). Understanding the Humanitarian World. Routledge.

Minear, L. (2002). The humanitarian enterprise: Dilemmas and discoveries. Kumarian Press.

Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS). (n.d.). Talking humanitarianism podcast. Retrieved 12 January 2022, from Talking humanitarianism podcast - NCHS

Panter-Brick, C., & Abramowitz, S. (2015). Medical Humanitarianism: Ethnographies of Practice. University of Pennsylvania Press. Project MUSE - Medical Humanitarianism

Parker, B. (2013). Humanitarianism besieged. Humanitarian Exchange, 59.

Pictet, J. (1979). The fundamental principles of the Red Cross. International Review of the Red Cross (1961-1997), 19(210), 130–149.

Redfield, P. (2013). Life in crisis. University of California Press.

Rieff, D. (2003). A bed for the night: Humanitarianism in crisis. Simon and Schuster.

Sezgin, Z., & Dijkzeul, D. (Eds.). (2015). The New Humanitarians in International Practice: Emerging Actors and Contested Principles. Routledge.

Slim, H. (2015). Humanitarian ethics: A guide to the morality of aid in war and disaster. Oxford University Press.

Smillie, I., & Minear, L. (2004). The charity of nations: Humanitarian action in a calculating world. Kumarian Press Bloomfield, CT.

Smith, H. A., & Minear, L. (2007). Humanitarian diplomacy: Practitioners and their craft. United Nations University Press.

Stockton, N. (1998). In Defence of Humanitarianism. Disasters, 22(4), 352–360.

Terry, F. (2013). Condemned to Repeat? Cornell University Press.

Weiss, T. G. (2013). Humanitarian business. John Wiley & Sons.

Weiss, T. G. (2016). Humanitarian intervention. John Wiley & Sons.

Wylie, N., Oppenheimer, M., & Crossland, J. (2020). The Red Cross movement: Myths, practices and turning points. Manchester University Press.

Here’s one we still need to add to the list. A recent report from HERE-Geneva on Unpacking Humanitarianism