Caring in Crisis? Humanitarianism, the Public and NGOs by Irene Bruna Seu, Shani Orgad

By Irene Bruna Seu, Shani Orgad

Drawing on an unique UK-wide examine of public responses to humanitarian concerns and the way NGOs speak them, this well timed e-book offers the 1st evidence-based psychosocial account of ways and why humans reply or to not messages approximately far away soreness. The e-book highlights what NGOs search to accomplish of their communications and explores how their technique and hopes fit or don’t fit what the general public wishes, thinks and feels approximately far-off suffering

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This should alert us to the way the subjective nature of one’s self-perception may lead to erroneous conclusions, for example when measured through selfreporting questionnaires. Emotionally she defined herself as ‘a bit of a cry-baby’4 who is easily and deeply affected emotionally by others’ suffering. Her overall mode of connecting to distant suffering is through identification, empathy, and pity. Caroline was brought up and has been actively involved in caring for others from a young age. Emotionally, she defines herself quite differently from Ingrid, explaining that she is ‘not a particularly emotional person but I’ve got a very strong sense of justice.

What sociocultural scripts do people use to make sense of humanitarian communications and what are the ideological, emotional, and biographical underpinnings of these responses? 3. How do people come to think and behave the way they do in terms of their biographies and their own histories of engagement with humanitarian issues? In relation to the first question – what are the moral responses and reactions evoked in audiences by humanitarian communications? – the focus is not on abstract principles but on everyday morality and how principles of altruism and social responsibility become embedded and are manifested in everyday practices.

Its material impact was identifiable in how it informed participants’ moral reasoning and decisions about who was deserving of help in the material context (Seu 2016). For example: Otto: But initially they [the Japanese] refused help whereas in Africa there’s been the bowl where you just can’t fill it. This is the sad fact of the reality I think. Africa has had billions of pounds and they’re still nowhere near, and yet in Japan, they’re going forward. ) I don’t know. I don’t know the answer to be honest but, you 2 PUBLIC RESPONSES TO MEDIATED HUMANITARIAN KNOWLEDGE 47 know, what is it?

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