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Nakedly Normative: A feminist (re)imagination of planetary politics

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Katharine A. M. WrightORCiD



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This article makes the case for a feminist (re)imagination of planetary politics in the context of the normative power approach and Manners’ opening article in this special section. Arguing for an urgent turn to a politics that embraces the whole of the planet, we pose a challenge: how can we build processes and political structures that equip us with all that is needed to manage those tests, even crises, now faced by the planet? Like Manners, drawing further inspiration from Ted Chiang’s work, especially Stories of Your Life and Others and its film adaptation, Arrival, we apply a critical feminist lens to argue that the potential of a NPA in realising a planetary politics can only be fulfilled if European (and other) political and societal actors embrace four “Es”: ethic of care, empathy, emancipation and equity. Our vision is for Feminist EUropean Studies to be at one with planetary politics. Such an ambition is premised on our ability to “see” and “hear”, question, perhaps even break with the disciplining and bounding effects of the disciplines that feed into European Studies where they severely limit our ability to build connections across borders, to think in non-linear, inclusive and sustainedly reflexive ways. It is also one which necessitates accounting for the multiple sites, identities and temporalities within and beyond the founding Treaties in order to challenge anthropocentrism and envision a cosmo-polity.

Publication metadata

Author(s): David M, Guerrina R, Wright KAM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies

Year: 2023

Pages: epub ahead of print

Online publication date: 25/06/2023

Acceptance date: 16/04/2023

Date deposited: 25/04/2023

ISSN (electronic): 1468-5965

Publisher: Wiley


DOI: 10.1111/jcms.13496

ePrints DOI: 10.57711/szb0-m983


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