Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. v-7

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

My words of thanks are insufficient payment to the many people who have made this book possible. Most immediately, my work was made possible by generous and honest activists and analysts in the humanitarian and human rights fields. They remain anonymous, and I remain grateful for...

List of Abbreviations

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pp. ix-x

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Introduction: Where Have All the Borders Gone?

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pp. 1-28

On January 12, 2010, Haiti was hit by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that killed over 200,000 people, opening a devastating new chapter in the troubled nation’s history. As often happens after such tragedies, developed nations and international organizations convened a donor conference a few...

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1. Varieties of Activism in Three Countries

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pp. 29-70

Upon arriving in Paris in early 2007, I was greeted by a vivid illustration of French civil society in action. Blocks away from my apartment, lining the canal Saint-Martin, two neat columns of bright red tents had been set up by an organization calling itself “the Children of Don Quixote.” The...

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2. Humanitarian INGOs

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pp. 71-134

Humanitarians attempt to improve the lives of those affected by war or natural disaster. The “humanitarian imperative” has driven major relief efforts from Biafra to Bali to Bosnia, and the impulse is an inherently universalistic project to alleviate the suffering of individuals anywhere in...

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3. Human Rights INGOs

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pp. 135-188

The concept of human rights is an explicitly universalist one, and human rights activists seek to transcend cultural and political boundaries to protect the rights of all humanity. In practice, of course, each human rights INGO can only address a bounded set of issues given limited time...

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4. Reconciling Global and Local

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pp. 189-214

Against those who would argue that INGOs have developed shared practices and norms through participation a global community of humanitarian or human right activism, the preceding case studies have revealed marked divergence in the core strategies and structures of some of the largest...

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Appendix A: Case Selection

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pp. 215-219

These few pages give a more detailed elaboration of my case selection method, regarding both the choice of countries and of particular INGOs and also the extent to which the selection allows for testing alternative explanations of INGO practices....

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Appendix B: Interviews Conducted

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pp. 221-223

The list below identifies the organizations and agencies at which I conducted interviews. Most of the over seventy interviews were conducted between February 2006 and May 2007 in the United States, Britain, and France. These semistructured interviews averaged an hour in...

References

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pp. 225-239

Index

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pp. 241-246