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Author Martín Beristain, Carlos.

Title Humanitarian aid work : a critical approach / Carlos Martín Beristain
Published Philadelphia, Pa. : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2006]


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 W'PONDS  363.348 Ber/Haw  DUE 20-09-19
Description xiii, 195 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction : the premises of humanitarian aid -- 1. The social impact of disasters and political violence -- 2. From emergency to reconstruction : stages of collective disasters -- 3. Emotion and behavior in emergency situations -- 4. From victims to survivors -- 5. The strength of the people -- 6. The experience of humanitarian aid workers and NGOs -- 7. Cross-cultural interactions -- 8. Reconstructing the social fabric : psychosocial care
Summary "Throughout the world, there is a rising need for humanitarian aid. Enormous resources are being devoted to it; more organizations carry out cooperative projects; and emergency actions have grown to unprecedented levels. However, such expansion has not always meant that relief has been adequately provided to victims, nor has it always had positive effects in reconstructing the social fabric." "This book helps us to understand how people respond to traumatic experiences in extraordinary circumstances and to appreciate the social and cultural context in which these responses occur. Carlos Martin Beristain offers a psychosocial approach that advocates a cultural sensitivity for humanitarian action and the work of collaboration, assistance, and accompaniment. He suggests alternative ideas for social reconstruction in such areas as prevention, care of victims, collective memory, respect for human rights, and help for the helpers."
"Humanitarian Aid Work provides an approach to the problems of groups affected by violence, catastrophe, or emergency situations. It is intended as a critical manual for aid workers. Academic research in psychology and the social sciences - as well as the author's experience in Central and South America - have been summarized to yield clear, action-oriented guidance. Research results from Europe, Africa, and Asia are also incorporated."--BOOK JACKET
Notes "Originally published as Reconstruir el tejido social: un enfoque crítico de la ayuda humanitaria by Icaria Editorial"--T.p. verso
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [187]-195)
Subject Humanitarian assistance.
Humanitarian assistance -- Psychological aspects.
Disaster relief.
Disaster relief -- Psychological aspects.
Community mental health services.
LC no. 2006042158
ISBN 0812239431 alkaline paper
Other Titles Reconstruir el tejido social. English