This chapter discusses humanitarian relief NGOs as one of the key mediating forces between Western audiences and distant suffering. It introduces the role fields of practice can play in governance and, building on the work of Pierre Bourdieu distinguishes the field of humanitarian relief organizations, from humanitarianism as a set of ideas and as a set of practices. It summarizes the argument that the practices of project-management and the pursuit of the good project develop dynamic of its own. It discussed the methodology and the organization of the book.
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