Caring in Crisis? Humanitarianism, the Public and NGOs
By Irene Bruna Seu and Shani Orgad
With commentaries from Alison Carlman, Leigh Dayness, Paul Hoggett, Monika Krause, Sonia Livingstone, Glen Tarman
Drawing on an original UK-wide study of public responses to humanitarian issues and how NGOs communicate them, this timely book provides the first evidence-based psychosocial account of how and why people respond or not to messages about distant suffering. The book highlights what NGOs seek to achieve in their communications and explores how their approach and hopes match or don’t match what the public wants, thinks and feels about distant suffering.
Irene Bruna Seu is Reader in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, UK, and a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.
Shani Orgad is Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.
“This volume presents cutting edge multi-method research which will contribute greatly to our understanding of strategies that can successfully motivate bystanders, NGOS, and governments to act in positive ways about humanitarian issues. This carefully-designed volume offers a careful, incisive analysis and impressively includes essays by both influential academics and advocates. A first-rate book!”
- Alison Dundes Renteln, Professor of Political Science, University of Southern California, USA)
Click here for a review from Paul Vanags, Head of Public Fundraising, Oxfam GB, UK