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Carceral Humanitarianism: Logics of Refugee Detention
by Kelly Oliver
University of Minnesota Press
Paper: 978-1-5179-0327-5 | eISBN: 978-1-4529-5546-9


Coopted by military operations, humanitarianism has never been neutral. Rather than welcoming refugees, host countries assess the relative risks of taking them in versus turning them away, using a risk-benefit analysis that often reduces refugees to collateral damage in proxy wars fought in the war on terrorism. Carceral Humanitarianism testifies that humanitarian aid and human rights discourse are always political and partisan.

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