Traditions, Values, and Humanitarian Action

Edited by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.

This third volume goes beyond the practical to address fundamental questions at the heart of humanitarian action. How do different religious, cultural, and social systems and the values they support shape humanitarian action? What are the bases of caring societies? Are there universal values for human well-being? International experts come face to face with the assumptions about human dignity and social justice that guide efforts to rescue and repair communities in crises. The original essays explore mandates for humanitarian action in religious traditions, and codes of conduct for the media, military, medicine, and the academy in relief efforts. They explore threats to human welfare from terrorism and gender exploitation and assess international law, the media, and the politics of civil society in a world of war, conflict, and strife.