Ashwini Vasanthakumar Transnational Solidarity: Exiles as Solidary Intermediaries (Perspectives on Ethics)

Perspectives on Ethics

Transnational Solidarity: Exiles as Solidary Intermediaries

In The Ethics of Exile, I examine the normative underpinnings of exile politics. In particular, I explore the rights and duties exiles have in their communities of origin, and the resulting roles they play in these communities and in transnational politics more broadly. Having argued that exiles have samaritan duties and outlined what these duties may entail, I turn to how they may discharge these. In this chapter, I focus on how exiles can enable transnational solidarity. I draw on Avery Kolers’ recent account of solidarity; among other things, it seeks to remedy the asymmetric relationship between those in need of solidarity and those in a position to extend it–an asymmetry that is particularly acute in the context of exile. I identify possible limitations with Kolers’ model and discuss whether and how exiles can act as solidary intermediaries to overcome these limitations.

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Ashwini Vasanthakumar
Queen’s University

Mon, Feb 24, 2020
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto
200 Larkin