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An archaeology of borders: qualitative political theory as a tool in addressing moral distance

Cabrera, Luis (2009) An archaeology of borders: qualitative political theory as a tool in addressing moral distance. Journal of Global Ethics, 5 (2). pp. 109-123. ISSN 1744-9626

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URL of Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449620903110276

Identification Number/DOI: 10.1080/17449620903110276

Interviews, field observations and other qualitative methods increasingly are being used to inform the construction of arguments in normative political theory. This article works to demonstrate the strong salience of some kinds of qualitative material for cosmopolitan arguments to extend distributive boundaries. The incorporation of interviews and related qualitative material can make the moral claims of excluded others more vivid and possibly more difficult to dismiss by advocates of strong priority to compatriots in distributions. Further, it may help to promote the kind of perspective taking that has been associated with actually motivating a willingness to aid by individuals. Illustrative findings are presented from field work conducted for a normative project on global citizenship, including interviews with unauthorized immigrants and the analysis of artifacts left behind on heavily used migrant trails.

Type of Work:Article
Date:2009 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:Department of Political Science and International Studies
Subjects:JA Political science (General)
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Taylor and Francis
ID Code:1156
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