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Care Ethics and the Refugee Crisis
Emotions, Contestation, and Agency

ISBN 9780367435653
Published February 3, 2020 by Routledge
202 Pages

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Book Description

This book advocates for the philosophical import of care in re-evaluating problems of humanitarianism in the context of the ongoing international refugee and forced migration situation. In doing so, it rethinks the human capacity to care about the suffering of distant others.

At a time when emotional resources are running low, there is a need to recast what it means to care, with the aim of generating a productive movement against the rise of value fundamentalism globally—embraced in mantras of ‘good and evil’ and ‘us and them’—and to confront xenophobia and oppressive politics. The author draws upon a wide array of rich traditions, including historical and contemporary writings on self-care and care of the other, to re-examine the intersection of care ethics and justice. She also rethinks the relationship between care and contestation, here analyzed in the aesthetic, ethical, political, and religious domains of human experience. From within the context of this contingent historical repetition of political oppression, the book constructs a reminder not only of what it feels like to care, but how and why we should act upon our care.

Care Ethics and the Refugee Crisis is an important contribution to the growing literatures on care ethics and immigration/forced migration in philosophy. It will also appeal to scholars and advanced students working in other disciplines such as political science, refugee and migration studies, and social anthropology.

Table of Contents


1. Contextualizing the Problem: Rethinking Care Beyond Good and Evil

2. Aesthetic Care: Witnessing the Muteness of Human Suffering

3. From the Aesthetic to the Ethical: Self-Care and Care of the Other as Contestation

4. From Care Ethics to Political Care: Dependency, Misidentification, and Justice

5. Affective Rejoinders: Reconsidering the Role of Emotions and Imagination in Political Care

6. Contestatory Care as Love: Toward an Understanding of Religious Care


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Marcia Morgan is Associate Professor of Philosophy and 2020-21 Program Director at the Center for Ethics at Muhlenberg College, USA. She is the author of Kierkegaard and Critical Theory (2012) and co-editor of Richard J. Bernstein and the Expansion of American Philosophy: Thinking the Plural (2016).