A new book by the late, researcher, Lisa Smirl, which investigates the dynamics between the material and physical part of the aid, as well as aid workers behaviours, and the communities the aid is aiming at improving.
From the presentation:
'Spaces of Aid is intent on moving us from structural inequality to the borderlands between structure and agency where material and symbolic culture is constructed. Humanitarians do not work for Goldman or the Pentagon. They see their moral choices as directly opposed to these technologies of instrumental power that profit from human misery. And they comfort themselves by believing that through their efforts they can change the world.'
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