The Global Shelter Imaginary

The Global Shelter Imaginary

Ikea Humanitarianism and Rightless Relief

Andrew Herscher and Daniel Bertrand Monk

Examines how the humanitarian order advances a message of moral triumph and care while abandoning the dispossessed

96 Pages, 5 x 7 in

BUY
BUY

Details

The Global Shelter Imaginary

Ikea Humanitarianism and Rightless Relief

Series: Forerunners: Ideas First

Andrew Herscher and Daniel Bertrand Monk

ISBN: 9781517912222

Publication date: July 13th, 2021

96 Pages

7 x 5

Examines how the humanitarian order advances a message of moral triumph and care while abandoning the dispossessed

Prompted by a growing number of refugees and other displaced people, intersections of design and humanitarianism are proliferating. From the IKEA Foundation’s Better Shelter to Airbnb’s Open Homes program, the consumer economy has engaged the global refugee crisis with seemingly new tactics that normalize an institutionally sanctioned politics of evasion. Exploring “the global shelter imaginary,” this book charts the ways shelter functions as a form of rightless relief that expels recognition of the rights of the displaced and advances political paradoxes of displacement itself. 

Daniel Bertrand Monk is professor of geography and Middle Eastern studies at Colgate University.

Andrew Herscher is associate professor of architecture at the University of Michigan.