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Hillary Kaell

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691201467

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691201467.001.0001

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Food and Famine

Food and Famine

The Visual/Visceral Production of Humanitarianism

(p.71) Chapter 3 Food and Famine
Christian Globalism at Home

Hillary Kaell

Princeton University Press

This chapter explores shock imagery in late nineteenth-century missions and the First World War. When war struck, relief organizations proliferated on a scale that far outstripped previous humanitarian interventions. Among the tools they mobilized was sponsorship. The chapter discusses two programs: Near East Relief (NER) and Fatherless Children of France (FCF). Like many equivalent organizations, they operated out of New York City, were non-sectarian, and championed by elite donors. The chapter then focuses on new visual media, especially photography, that bolstered U.S. Christians' ability to incorporate absent/present children into the intimate spaces of family life, while honing a god's eye view of the world. It considers this visual media together with visceral (embodied) techniques as collaborative tools in emergency relief.

Keywords:   shock imagery, First World War, relief organizations, humanitarian interventions, sponsorship, Near East Relief, Fatherless Children of France, visual media, photography, U.S. Christians

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