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Vulnerability and the Politics of CareTransdisciplinary Dialogues$
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Victoria Browne, Jason Danely, and Doerthe Rosenow

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266830

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266830.001.0001

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The Terror of Invulnerability

The Terror of Invulnerability

(p.78) Response The Terror of Invulnerability
Vulnerability and the Politics of Care

Rahul Rao

British Academy

THE IDEA OF a world without vulnerability is an oddly terrifying prospect. Perhaps ‘prospect’ isn’t quite the right word because politics in colonial modernity has long taken the form of seeking escape from vulnerability in ways that displace it on to others. We might think of the state of nature as a fabled representation of severe and widespread vulnerability in which, prior to the establishment of a social contract, every individual is vulnerable to attack from every other. The establishment of the state, while theoretically eliminating the vulnerability of individuals ...

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