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This chapter analyzes moral economies, forms of social imagination, techniques of enchantment, and spurs to affect commonly belittled, easily dismissed, yet pervasive in/around humanitarian practices. Humanitarian object-beings like Trauma Teddies and Aid Bunnies combine humanity and animality, innocent children and blameless (baby) animals. In their neoteny, they become “neutral,” but not necessarily neutralized, and engage the powerful affects and aesthetics at work in humanitarian ethics and politics. Such forms of object-being involve the cosmological and cosmopolitical, and may be usefully compared to the social life of power-objects like Congolese minkisi (misrecognized as “fetishes”)—forms that highlight the ritual personhood of objects...

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