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    DescriptionIn this provocative and timely book, David Kennedy explores what can go awry when we put our humanitarian yearnings into action on a global scale - and what we can do in response. Rooted in Kennedy's own experience in numerous humanitarian efforts, the book examines campaigns for human rights, refugee protection, economic development, and for humanitarian limits to the conduct of war. It takes us from the jails of Uruguay to the corridors of the United Nations, from the founding of a non-governmental organization dedicated to the liberation of East Timor to work aboard an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. Kennedy shares the satisfactions of international humanitarian engagement - but also the disappointments of a faith betrayed. With humanitarianism's new power comes knowledge that even the most well-intentioned projects can create as many problems as they solve.Kennedy develops a checklist of the unforeseen consequences, blind spots, and biases of humanitarian work - from focusing too much on rules and too little on results to the ambiguities of waging war in the name of human rights. He explores the mix of altruism, self-doubt, self-congratulation, and simple disorientation that accompany efforts to bring humanitarian commitments to foreign settings. Writing for all those who wish that "globalization" could be more humane, Kennedy urges us to think and work more pragmatically. A work of unusual verve, honesty, and insight, this insider's account urges us to embrace the freedom and the responsibility that come with a deeper awareness of the dark sides of humanitarian governance.


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    Title
    The Dark Sides of Virtue
    Subtitle
    Reassessing International Humanitarianism
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Kennedy
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780691123943
    ISBN 10: 0691123942
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17820
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: JFF
    LC classification: K
    BIC subject category V2: JKS
    Libri: I-PL
    Ingram Subject Code: PL
    B&T General Subject: 650
    BISAC V2.8: SOC033000, POL035010
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: POL011000
    DC22: 361.26
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: JKS, JBF
    Illustrations note
    1, black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Princeton University Press
    Imprint name
    Princeton University Press
    Publication date
    28 August 2005
    Publication City/Country
    New Jersey
    Author Information
    David Kennedy is Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.
    Review quote
    "David Kennedy's new book reflects on the misunderstandings and mistakes that sometimes lurk amidst the work and results of well-intentioned people who are trying to make the world a better place... This is a disheartening but essential book."--Donald W. Jackson, The Law and Politics Book Review "Important and timely... The most systematic and attentive treatment of the problems that arise when ideas of humanitarian professionalism contradict the real needs of people in distress."--Eric A. Heinze, Perspectives in Political Science "This is an interesting and important book... [W]hat Kennedy does do well is to argue that the humanitarian community has by and large failed to confront the reality of bad consequences flowing from good intentions."--Ramesh Thakur, Japanese Journal of Political Science "David Kennedy ... has written in this work a provocative analysis of those who would better the lives of individuals through action in international relations... Kennedy is always stimulating and well worth reading."--David P. Forsythe, The American Journal of International Law "There is a sort of almost spiritually liberating quality in [Kennedy's] relentless self-examination, in his search for a meta-shift of focus for the discipline, in his search for new boundaries to trespass beyond what can be concretely said... Kennedy's call for a pragmatic and responsible humanitarian self-empowerment can appeal to many."--Ignacio de la Rasilla del Moral, European Journal of International Law
    Back cover copy
    "David Kennedy's challenging and thought provoking arguments should be read, considered, and internalized by all activists and policy makers in international humanitarianism."--Mary Robinson, former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of Ireland"Here, finally, a practical guide for the world's idealists. David Kennedy reveals international human rights as a noble cause easily perverted when ideals substitute for thought. He wisely asks advocates and policy makers to look at the real needs of real people in real distress, and avoid the seduction of lofty aspiration. A wise and sobering look at a field in particular need of wisdom and sobriety."--Robert B. Reich, University Professor of Social and Economic Policy, Brandeis University, and former U.S. Secretary of Labor."Bold, courageous and penetrating, David Kennedy's book provides a critical focus and insight."--Commander Glenn T. Ware, USNR, Deputy Legal Counsel, Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff"The portrayal of military life aboard the "Independence" and the decision-making calculus resident in the naval warfare realm are described with uncanny accuracy."--Commander Dale Stephens, Royal Australian Navy"Kennedy's original insights come out of his attention to the way personal alliances and ideas of professionalism intersect and often contradict humanitarian commitments. This book is a distinctive and original contribution in which Kennedy's bold iconoclastic voice is given full rein."--Hilary Charlesworth, Australian National University"Kennedy's work is sometimes disturbing--even shattering--but always enlightening and ultimately liberating. This is the deepest, most challenging, and effective collection of essays on international and humanitarian activism available today."--Martti Koskenniemi, Professor of International Law, Helsinki University
    Table of contents
    Preface xi Acknowledgments xxvii PART I: The International Humanitarian as Advocate and Activist 1 Chapter One: The International Human Rights Movement: Part of the Problem? 3 Chapter Two: Spring Break: The Activist Individual 37 Chapter Three: Autumn Weekend: The Activist Community 85 PART II: The International Humanitarian as Policy Maker 109 Chapter Four: Humanitarian Policy Making: Pragmatism without Politics? 111 Chapter Five: The Rule of Law as a Strategy for Economic Development 149 Chapter Six: Bringing Market Democracy to Eastern and Central Europe 169 Chapter Seven: The International Protection of Refugees 199 Chapter Eight: Humanitarianism and Force 235 PART III: What International Humanitarianism Should Become 325 Chapter Nine: Humanitarian Power 327 Index 359