Abstract

On realist terms, politics is about power, security, and order, and the question of whether politics can practice compassion is irrelevant. The author argues that a politics of compassion is possible and necessary in order to address human security needs. She extend debates on care ethics to develop a politics of compassion, using the example of asylum seekers to demonstrate that politics can practice compassion with (1) attentiveness to the needs of vulnerable people who are suffering, (2) an active listening to the voices of the vulnerable, and (3) open, compassionate, and appropriate responses to particular needs.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2001
Print ISSN
0887-5367
Pages
pp. 97-123
Launched on MUSE
2006-09-14
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2009
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