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Title: The ethics of exile : the normative grounds of exile politics
Author: Vasanthakumar, Ashwini
ISNI:       0000 0004 2735 7325
Awarding Body: Oxford University
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2012
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In this dissertation, I identify the normative grounds of exile involvement in homeland politics to determine whether and when exile activism is morally permissible, required, and legitimate. I draw on case studies throughout the thesis, and especially from the fo Iowing three exile communities: Iranians, Sri Lankan Tamils, and Tibetans. In Part I, I argue that exiles may be entitled to participate in and influence homeland politics. I consider two grounds: first, that exiles are stakeholders whose interests are affected by political developments in the homeland, and who are therefore entitled to some say in those developments; and second, that exiles are the representatives of silenced or otherwise marginalized groups in the homeland. I identify the conditions under which exiles can legitimately claim each of these grounds and the challenges they face in satisfying these conditions. In Part Il, I turn to the question of whether exiles are subject to special responsibilities to remain involved in homeland politics. I identify four bases for exile responsibilities: capability to assist; shared identity; shared oppression; and complicity in collective wrongdoing. I conclude that exiles' special capabilities to provide assistance impose a minimum duty of publicity. Exiles' activism that goes beyond this duty may be accounted for by their reasons from identity, oppression, or complicity.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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