Life in Crisis The Ethical Journey of Doctors Without Borders

ISBN-10: 0520274857

ISBN-13: 9780520274853

Edition: 2013

Authors: Peter Redfield

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Life in Crisistells the story of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders or MSF) and its effort to "save lives" on a global scale. Begun in 1971 as a French alternative to the Red Cross, the MSF has grown into an international institution with a reputation for outspoken protest as well as technical efficiency. It has also expanded beyond emergency response, providing for a wider range of endeavors, including AIDS care. Yet its seemingly simple ethical goal proves deeply complex in practice. MSF continually faces the problem of defining its own limits. Its minimalist form of care recalls the promise of state welfare, but without political resolution or a sense of well-being beyond health and survival. Lacking utopian certainty, the group struggles when the moral clarity of crisis fades. Nevertheless, it continues to take action and innovate. Its organizational history illustrates both the logic and the tensions of casting humanitarian medicine into a leading role in international affairs.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/25/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 338
Size: 6.25" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

List of Figures
Terms of Engagement
A Time of Crisis
The Nobel Dream
Life in Crisis
Minimal Biopolitics
A View from the Land Cruiser
An Expansive Horizon
A Real Doctor
The Allure of Simplicity
The Problem of Critique
A Secular Value of Life
December 1971
"A Being Not Meant to Suffer,"
The Secular Sense of Disaster
Battlefield Passion, Medical Mission
Discovering a Third World
The Call of Biafra, the Allure of a Name
Jacobins without the Guillotine
Schisms and Expansions
Secular Humanitarianism and Sacred Life
Global Ambitions
Vital Mobility
The "Punch,"
Globalization on the Ground
Precursors and Prototypes
The Need for an Apparatus
The Global Kit
Variation, Adjustment, and Limits
Mobile Medicine
Following the Money
The Price of Independence
- Moral Witness
Witnessing Disaster
Discovering T�moignage
Refinements and Contestations
Plural Practice
An Appeal of Words, a Power of Numbers
The Problem of Neutrality
Specific Knowledge, Collective Speech
Human Frontiers
A Tale of Two Borders
Relative Motion
"In My Former Life I Was an Unshaven, Cigarette-Smoking Frenchman,"
Vie Gravity of Local Attachment
The Unbearable Lightness of Expats
Discovering Gender and Age
La Mancha and Problems of "Decolonization,"
Double Binds of Mobility
Testing Limits
The Problem of Triage
Death amid Life
Security and "Humanitarian Space,"
A Refusal of Sacrifice
Triage and the Imperative to Choose
The Ordinary Pathos of Closure
The Longue Dur�e of Disease
A Human Question
Crisis beyond Emergencies
A Study in Sleeping Sickness
AIDS: Tradition before Treatment
ARVs and "Other Questions of Living,"
Caring for Life
The Moral Economy of Access
The Verge of Crisis
Amin's Death
The Relative Poverty of "Africa Lite,"
Finding History in Place
MSF in Uganda
A Belated Emergency
The Psychosocial Horizon
Uncertainty in Uganda
Action beyond Optimism
The Rhetoric of Action
A Contemporary Candide
Life beyond Planning
The Pathos of Minimalism and Residual Hope
Action, Care, and Discontent
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