The Vulnerable in International Society

Paperback | July 14, 2013

byIan Clark

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Who are the vulnerable, and what makes them so? Through an innovative application of English School theory, this book suggests that people are vulnerable not only to natural risks, but also to the workings of international society. This replicates the approach of those studies of naturaldisasters that now commonly present a social vulnerability analysis, showing how people are differentially exposed by their social location. Could international society have similar effects? This question is explored through the cases of political violence, climate change, human movement, and globalhealth. These cases provide rich detail on how, through its social practices of the vulnerable, international society constructs the vulnerable in its own terms, and sets up regimes of protection that prioritize some forms at the expense of others. What this demonstrates above all is that, even ifonly a "practical" association, international society inevitably has moral consequences in the way it influences the relative distribution of harm.As a result, these four pressing policy issues now present themselves as fundamentally moral problems. Revising the arguments of E. H. Carr, the author points out the essentially contested normative nature of international order. However, instead of as a moral clash between revisionist and statusquo powers, as Carr had suggested, the problem is instead one about the contested nature of vulnerability, insofar as vulnerability is an expression of power relations, but also gives rise to a moral claim. By providing a holistic treatment in this way, the book makes practical sense of thevulnerable, while also seeking to make moral sense of international society.

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Who are the vulnerable, and what makes them so? Through an innovative application of English School theory, this book suggests that people are vulnerable not only to natural risks, but also to the workings of international society. This replicates the approach of those studies of naturaldisasters that now commonly present a social vuln...

Ian Clark was educated at the University of Glasgow and at the Australian National University. He taught at Cambridge University from 1984 until his move to Aberystwyth in 1998. He held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship 2002-4 and an ESRC Professorial Fellowship 2007-10. During 2012, he was a Visiting Fellow at the University of ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:July 14, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199646090

ISBN - 13:9780199646098

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Introduction1. What have the vulnerable ever done for international society?2. Political violence and the vulnerable3. Climate change and the vulnerable4. Human movement and the vulnerable5. Global health and the vulnerable6. The moral problem of the vulnerableConclusion: what can international society do for the vulnerable?