Rethinking vulnerability as a radically ethical device: ethical vulnerability analysis and the EU's "migration crisis"

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Abstract

We reinvigorate vulnerability theory as a radically ethical device - ethical vulnerability analysis. We bring together fuller vulnerability analysis as theorized by Fineman and Grear in conversation with Levinas and Derrida's radical vulnerability and the ethics of hospitality to construct a theoretical framework that is firmly anchored in the realities of the everyday that are vulnerability and migration. This novel framework offers a thinking space to subvert approaches to migrants and migration as it compels us to come face-to face with the 'other', which in turn renders the political accountable by her.
We deploy ethical vulnerability analysis to deconstruct the EU's "migration crisis" and investigate whether the activation of temporary protection for displaced persons from Ukraine signifies a humanizing turn in the EU's asylum and migration policies. In this regard, we submit that this hospitable moment constitutes an 'exception to the rule' rather than a paradigm shift.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-288
Number of pages26
JournalHuman Rights Review
Volume24
Issue number2
Early online date14 Jun 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2023

Keywords

  • ethical vulnerability analysis
  • hospitality
  • EU asylum and migration policies
  • migration crisis
  • Ukraine
  • temporary protection

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