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Above the Fray: The Red Cross and the Making of the Humanitarian NGO Sector

Shai M. Dromi


Humanitarian nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) present themselves as servants of the most longstanding and universal human values. And yet, the idea that NGOs like Médecins sans Frontières, International Rescue Committee, or Oxfam should provide humanitarian relief is relatively new and—when proposed in the mid-nineteenth century—was surprisingly controversial. Above the Fray examines the origins of the political and organizational culture that provides humanitarian NGOs today with extraordinary influence in international politics. Drawing on archival research, the book traces its origins t ... More

Keywords: morality, social fields, Bourdieu, humanitarianism, Red Cross, Calvinism, NGOs, nationalism, Médecins sans Frontières, international humanitarian law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226680101
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226680385.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shai M. Dromi, author
Harvard University