In the name of humanity: the government of threat and care

Martin, Dominique 2013, In the name of humanity: the government of threat and care, Australian journal of anthropology, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 223-225, doi: 10.1111/taja.12047.

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Title In the name of humanity: the government of threat and care
Author(s) Martin, DominiqueORCID iD for Martin, Dominique
Journal name Australian journal of anthropology
Volume number 24
Issue number 2
Start page 223
End page 225
Total pages 3
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2013-08
ISSN 1035-8811
Summary In this volume, editors Ilana Feldman and Miriam Ticktin have drawn together an outstanding collection of essays exploring the concept of ‘humanity’ in a range of contexts and from a rich variety of perspectives. Tracing the categorisation of humanity throughout history in their introductory chapter, Feldman and Ticktin highlight the perennial tension inherent in its definition and use. The ever-shifting boundaries of humanity serve to include and protect even as they reject and threaten those identified as ‘other’. Each of the eleven chapters engages with the fundamental question of what it means to be human, and the implications of possible responses to this for the practice of governance. However, despite the pervasive theme of government— which is explored explicitly in the context of humanitarian law (Richard Ashby Wilson) and aid (Didier Fassin), healthcare (Joao Biehl; S. Lochlann Jain; Adriana Petryna), and the regulation of human interactions with nature (Arun Agrawal; Charles Zerner)—it is the more personal aspect of the human experience that takes centre stage in most chapters, and which offers the deepest insights into that elusive concept: ‘humanity’. It offers readers a multifaceted and open-ended account of humanity, which will inform better governance and more effective research in this field.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/taja.12047
Field of Research 160199 Anthropology not elsewhere classified
210299 Curatorial and Related Studies not elsewhere classified
210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C4.1 Letter or note
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
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