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In defense of vulnerability


Robinson, C, In defense of vulnerability, Subjectivity ISSN 1755-6341 (2023) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1057/s41286-022-00146-3


Is vulnerability a poisoned conceptual chalice from which only individualized notions of suffering and responsibility can emerge? What would the concept of vulnerability have to do in order to be considered valuable in advancing social justice? In this article I utilize critique of the ‘vulnerability turn’ in child and youth policy as a launch pad into rethinking an emboldened account of vulnerability. In particular, I am drawn to the urgency of vulnerability, understood as an immediate openness to wounding, and find ethical and practical value in the unfinished business of struggling to justly define what constitutes vulnerability and who counts as vulnerable. Grounding theoretical exploration in reflections on unique Australian research on unaccompanied homeless children, the article seeks to advance vulnerability as a potentially radical tool for research and welfare policy that can grip the lived complexity of systemic and personal adversity.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:vulnerability, adversity, care, unaccompanied homeless children
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology of inequalities
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Robinson, C (Associate Professor Catherine Robinson)
ID Code:154923
Year Published:2023
Deposited By:Sociology and Criminology
Deposited On:2023-01-19
Last Modified:2023-01-19

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