- Publisher: Zed Books
- ISBN: 9781783603497
- Price: $37.95 CAD
- Publication Date: Mar 2015
- Rights: Canada
- Pages: 256
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Spaces of Aid
How Cars, Compounds and Hotels Shape Humanitarianism
Aid workers commonly bemoan that the spaces and experiences of working in ‘the field’ often sit uneasily with the goals they’ve signed up to: from visiting project sites in air-conditioned Land Cruisers while the intended beneficiaries walk barefoot through the heat, to checking emails from within gated compounds while surrounding communities have no running water.
While such observations might seem intuitive, to date no concerted academic or policy study has dealt with the impact of these factors on theory or policy. Spaces of Aid provides the first book-length analysis of what has colloquially been referred to as Aid Land, exploring in depth two high-profile case studies–the Aceh tsunami and Hurricane Katrina–in order to uncover a fascinating history of the material objects that have become an endemic, expected, yet unexamined part of the aid landscape.
Note to Readers
Table of Figures
List of Abbreviations
1. Stories from the Field, Stories of ‘the Field’: How Aid Workers Experience the Space of the Field Mission
2. Exploring the Humanitarian Enclave
3. How the Built Environment Shapes Humanitarian Intervention
4. Building Home Away from Home: Post–Tsunami Aceh, and the Single Family House
5. Playing House: Rebuilding the Gulf Coast after Katrina
About the Author
Lisa Smirl was a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sussex, and had extensive experience as a development worker in Rwanda, South East Europe and Central Asia. She also did further field research in Aceh, Jogyakarta, East Timor, Sri Lanka, and New Orleans. She died in 2013.