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Title: Responding to children affected by armed conflict : a case study of Save the Children Fund (1919-1999)
Author: Sellick, Patricia
ISNI:       0000 0001 3393 4916
Awarding Body: University of Bradford
Current Institution: University of Bradford
Date of Award: 2001
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Save the Children Fund (SCF) was at its foundation in 1919 a value-driven organization. The values, or guiding principles, of the founding generation are the lens through which I look at the history of SCF, and the associated histories of war and peace, human rights and NGO-state relations. These guiding principles are identified as universalism, utilitarianism and optimistic pacificism. They can be understood as a paradigm to which the social community which made up the founding generation of SCF gave their assent. The first chapter locates the founding generation within the political culture of the anti-war movement. Succeeding chapters detail the metamorphosis of SCIF from a'contentious social movement into a respectable national organization. As soon as the organization adopted a national rather than a universal orientation, the coordinates of all its guiding principles shifted. In particular the optimistic pacificism of the founding generation was replaced by pessimistic defencism. It was not until after the Cold War that SCIF began to realign itself with its original guiding principles. The three guiding principles are found to be of continuing relevance. Universalism has been reasserted as a positive creed leading SCF to seize political opportunities to reach out to children from all sides. The organization has adopted a utilitarian perspective that affirms the dynamic role of young people in generating their own futures. Lastly, the primacy attached to peace by war-affected people has underlined SCFs urgent mission to uphold an optimistic belief in the possibility of peace.
Supervisor: Rigby, Andrew Sponsor: Vera Steele Studentship in Peace Research
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Children ; Human rights ; International Non-Governmental Organization ; Pacifism ; Save the Children Fund - History ; Universalism ; Utilitarianism ; War ; Youth