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Record number 425979
Title Aid Relations and Aid Legitimacy: Mutual Imaging of Aid Workers and Recipients in Nepal
Author(s) Hilhorst, D.; Weijers, L.; Wessel, M. van
Source Third World Quarterly 33 (2012)8. - ISSN 0143-6597 - p. 1439 - 1457.
Department(s) Chair Disaster Studies
Strategic Communication
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) humanitarian - organizations - arena - sudan - zone
Abstract This paper considers mutual imaging of aid workers and Bhutanese refugees in Nepal. Based on a theoretical perspective of aid as a socially negotiated arena, the contextual and interactionist concept of imaging is used, rather than labelling (which is done to people), or perceptions (located in one actor's head). The paper uses a Q-methodology that symmetrically researches different groups of actors by posing the same questions. Our data confirm that the distinctions between the way aid workers and recipients view themselves, each other and the aid provided were more gradual than clear-cut between categories and that the legitimacy of aid workers is not determined by the perceived quality of aid. Problems with routinised aid were not translated into negative images, whereas problems with new and irregular types of aid were. Our research indicates the importance of the interaction between implementing staff and active beneficiaries. The roles of these active volunteers and incentive workers are important but ambiguous. They may smooth the divide between aid agencies and clients, but their proximity to the aid regime may also lead to tensions. The way these roles are played out and the effect this has on imaging and aid legitimacy is an area for further research
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