Vulnerability and situated disadvantage in times of crisis

Liv Navntoft Henningsen

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Original languageEnglish
Publication date2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventVulnerability in Times of Crisis: Online workshop on approaches to vulnerability in times of crisis - Åbo Akademi University (online), Finland
Duration: 19 Feb 202119 Feb 2021


WorkshopVulnerability in Times of Crisis
LocationÅbo Akademi University (online)
OtherThe beginning of the 21st century has been a time of nearby-constant crisis. The global financial crisis was followed by the so-called refugee crisis, only to be followed by the Covid-19 pandemic. As a consequence to this, the capacity of many welfare states to protect the rights of individuals has been put to test. Combined with future challenges long foreseen such as an ageing population, altering nature of work, and climate change, there is good reason to engage in a critical debate on the role of the welfare state in protecting individuals, in particular as regards the most vulnerable within societies.<br/><br/>While ‘vulnerability’ has become something of a catchword in protection discourse, its function remains ambiguous and challenged. The workshop identifies uses of the vulnerability concept in the context of crises in welfare states, and takes a critical look at vulnerability reasoning as a structural element in law and politics.
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