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Global Poverty, Injustice, and Resistance
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Each year, millions of people die from poverty-related causes. In this groundbreaking and thought-provoking book, Gwilym David Blunt argues that the only people who will end this injustice are its victims, and that the global poor have the right to resist the causes of poverty. He explores how the right of resistance is used to reframe urgent political questions: is illegal immigration a form of resistance? Can transnational social movements, such as the indigenous rights movement, provide the foundations for civil resistance to global poverty? If peaceful resistance fails, is armed struggle justified? Do people living in affluent states have a responsibility to help even if it requires them to break the law? Giving clear historical examples and engaging with fields including philosophy, international law, history, and international political studies, this volume addresses real-world issues from terrorism to activism. It will be important for anyone interested in applied philosophy and global injustice.


‘There is no doubt that this is a valuable and original contribution to the literature on global justice and resistance to injustice. It is impressive not only in its philosophical sophistication but also in respect to the large historical and empirical literature on which it draws.’

Jon Mandle - State University of New York, Albany

'Global Poverty, Injustice, and Resistance is a provocative intervention that offers a fresh perspective on ethical and political questions of real-life import. Blunt’s book subverts debates on global poverty and immigration in a way that demands serious attention from scholars interested in these topics and should provoke significant debate.'

Elizabeth Kahn Source: Ethics and International Affairs

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  • Chapter 8 - Duties of Resistance
    pp 227-253


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