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Laws 2015, 4(2), 272-295; doi:10.3390/laws4020272

Solidarity and the Encapsulated and Divided Histories of Health and Human Rights

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School of Political Science and Sociology, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
2
Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA 01238, USA 
Academic Editor: Aurora Plomer
Received: 4 May 2015 / Accepted: 5 June 2015 / Published: 12 June 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bioethics, Law and Human Rights: Global Intersections)
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This article examines the central but neglected principle of solidarity in human rights, health and bioethics, a concept subject to contention, evasion and confusion. It addresses the general ambivalence toward solidarity within law, philosophy and politics by discussing solidarity’s co-evolution with inegalitarian encapsulations and divisions of human rights. It argues that a renewed conception of solidarity is essential to meet increasingly salient ethical demands, as gender equality and the individualization of responsibilities coincide with deficits of care and collective responsibility. Questions of embodiedness, (inter)dependence, care and asymmetry are neglected by dominant liberal approaches, but are key to rethinking solidarity. View Full-Text
Keywords: solidarity; human rights; bioethics; encapsulated rights; gender; right to health; public health; care; collective responsibility; solidarity transfers solidarity; human rights; bioethics; encapsulated rights; gender; right to health; public health; care; collective responsibility; solidarity transfers
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

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Khoo, S.-M. Solidarity and the Encapsulated and Divided Histories of Health and Human Rights. Laws 2015, 4, 272-295.

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