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Author Atlani-Duault, Laëtitia.

Title Humanitarian aid in post-Soviet countries : an anthropological perspective / Laëtitia Atlani-Duault ; translated by Andrew Wilson.

Published London ; New York : Routledge, 2007.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  362.1969792 ATLA    DUE 28-10-19
Physical description xii, 146 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Central Asian studies series ; 10.
Central Asian studies series ; 10.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [115]-143) and index.
Contents List of figures -- An anthropology of international aid organizations -- 1. The first steps -- New York, New York -- Good governance and HIV -- 2. The legacy -- The Caucasus and Central Asia -- The HIV/AIDS epidemic -- 3. Negotiating assistance -- Advocacy -- In search of partners -- Negotiating in order to help -- 4. White, red and grey -- White -- Red -- Grey -- The construction of an institutional ideology -- The cultural versus the political -- And what of the epidemic?
Summary "An anthropologist among aid workers. Her objective: to study that exotic tribe, humanitarian and development workers, along with their state and non-state partners, as they "export democracy" to post-soviet countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus. Her method: to join the tribe for ten years. From New York to Alma-Ata, by way of Geneva and Baku, Laetitia Atlani-Duault provides both an understanding of the individuals working in the field and a critical analysis of the sweeping political implications of NGO activities. A focus on supposedly "de-politicized" policy areas (notably the prevention of HIV/AIDS epidemic) provides wider insights into the objectives and practices of international aid workers in countries beset by rising poverty, drug trafficking, prostitution, and decaying education and health services. The author also provides a rich canvas of human stories, from the "workshops" in which diametrically opposed political approaches often clash to the occasional small triumphs in which effective public health interventions are worked out. This timely book will be of great interest not only to scholars of post-soviet countries, but also to those interested in humanitarian and development aid worldwide. It will also be relevant for the study of the anthropology of development, as well as medical and political anthropology."--BOOK JACKET.
Language notes Translated from the French.
Subject Humanitarian assistance -- Former Soviet republics.
Non-governmental organizations -- Former Soviet republics.
AIDS (Disease) -- Former Soviet republics -- Prevention.
HIV infections -- Former Soviet republics -- Prevention.
ISBN 9780415448840 (hardback : alk. paper)
0415448840 (hardback : alk. paper)
9780203937303 (ebk)
0203937309 (ebk)