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The Experiential Core of the Humanitarian Vocation: An Analysis of the Autobiographical Narratives of Contemporary Humanitarians

Friesen, Ina (2016) The Experiential Core of the Humanitarian Vocation: An Analysis of the Autobiographical Narratives of Contemporary Humanitarians. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,.

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Abstract

The thesis provides an in-depth investigation of the significance of specific ethical experiences for humanitarian aid work. Following Emmanuel Levinas's and Martin Buber's understanding of ethics as arising from intersubjective encounters, I analyse four contemporary humanitarian aid workers' memoirs, and investigated the experiences humanitarian aid workers describe as being crucial for their humanitarian engagement revealing the nature of the specific encounters in which they arise as an ethical subject. In doing so, I explored three aspects: first, the role of particular experiences for humanitarian aid workers' motivation to work in the humanitarian sector; second, the role of particular experiences for humanitarian aid workers' ability to cope with the challenging nature of their work; and third the commonalities among these experiences.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Rossbach, Stefan
Thesis advisor: Toros, Harmonie
Uncontrolled keywords: Humanitarian Aid, Humanitarian Aid Workers, Experience, Motivation, Memoirs, Ethics, Emmanuel Levinas, Martin Buber
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
SWORD Depositor: System Moodle
Depositing User: System Moodle
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2017 12:10 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 19:40 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/63928 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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