If the Body Politic Could Breathe in the Age of the Refugee: An Embodied Philosophy of Interconnection

If the Body Politic Could Breathe in the Age of the Refugee: An Embodied Philosophy of Interconnection

by Julia Metzger-Traber

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Overview


This book posits that the ‘refugee crisis’ may actually be a crisis of identity in a rapidly changing world. It argues that Western conceptions of the individual ‘Self’ shape metaphors of political homes, and thus the geopolitics of belonging and exclusion. Metzger-Traber creatively re-conceives political belonging by perceiving the interconnection of each ‘Self’ through its most immediate home – the breathing body. On an experimental literary journey through her own past and that of Germany, she puts political philosophy in conversation with somatic and spiritual insight to expand notions of ‘Self’ and 'Home'. Then she asks: What ethical imperatives arise? What kinds of homes and homelands would we create if we no longer thought we ended at our skin?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783658223649
Publisher: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden
Publication date: 05/17/2018
Series: Masters of Peace
Edition description: 1st ed. 2018
Pages: 141
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author


Julia Metzger-Traber is a peace researcher from the MA program in Peace, Development, Security and International Conflict Transformation at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. She is engaged in facilitating collaborative public art projects and community restorative justice processes as peace work.

Table of Contents

The Borders of Belonging and the Question of Roots.- The Politics of Shaping Home.- An Emergent Ethic: Sensing Response-Ability.- A Practice of Paradox: Breathing Life into Theory.- Autopoiesis: Co-creating Home in Berlin.- Opening into the Abyss.

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