Calls for Book Proposals – Monographs or Edited Volumes on the Politics of Vulnerability (Deadline: September 1, 2020)

Vernon Press invites book or chapter proposals on the politics of vulnerability.

Migrants and refugees, the chronically destitute, victims of natural disasters - while each of these groups experiences ‘vulnerability’ in its own way (perhaps resisting the label “vulnerable” altogether), there is little doubt that their situations often provoke an anger and concern that, in turn, might inspire an effective politics of compassion and accountability. It is certainly no surprise that politicians attempt to harness the strong emotions provoked by the existence of such groups (not to mention their even more susceptible members - the elderly, children and disabled). Unfortunately, this has not stopped the institutions they represent from discriminating against the vulnerable according to categories such as race, gender, or immigration status. The politics of compassion, linked to a vulnerability that crosses lines of cultural and economic difference, is replaced by the familiar identity-based paradigms where vulnerability is reinforced by those very differences. Perhaps less well-defined as a political project is how the “social protection” wielded in response to vulnerability leads to excessive intervention and even violence. Moreover, just as generalizations about the ‘suffering’ and ‘resilient’ justifies paternalistic attitudes at home, so images of third world women, black children and queers can lead to imperialist interventions abroad.

All proposals focused on exploring different manifestations of vulnerability - from the inevitable (childhood, illness, ageing) to the preventable (poverty) and unexpected (natural disasters and economic recessions) – from any academic discipline are encouraged to be submitted.

Possible contributions include:

  • Post-identity and social justice
  • Neoliberalism and responsibilisation of the vulnerable
  • The colonial politics of rescue
  • Sensationalism as a source of political affect.

Page last updated on January 13th 2020. All information correct at the time, but subject to change.