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Monique Deveaux | Rethinking Structural Exploitation: Temporary Migrant Workers and State-Conditioned Vulnerability | Philosophy Speaker Series

Date & time
Monday, March 25, 2024
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Monique Deveaux, Canada Research Chair in Ethics and Global Change, University of Guelph


This event is free. All are welcome.


514-848-2424 ext. 2500


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
R. Howard Webster Library

Room 362

Wheel chair accessible


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Abstract: Structural accounts of exploitation can explain why employment that is consensual may nevertheless be exploitative. These views focus on the economic relations and distributive inequalities that make workers vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. But structural accounts tend to neglect the role of the state in producing and sustaining systemic conditions of vulnerability. According to migrant justice organizations in Canada, the state plays a central role in creating the structures that keep migrant workers precarious and systematically vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. In this talk, I explore this divergence and ask how philosophers might rethink aspects of structural exploitation by centering the analyses of migrant justice activists.

"Poverty, Solidarity, and Poor-Led Social Movements" Book Cover, Oxford University Press, 2021.

Monique Deveaux is Professor of Philosophy and Canada Research Chair in Ethics and Global Social Change at the University of Guelph. She is the author of Poverty, Solidarity, and Poor-Led Social Movements (Oxford University Press, 2021), Gender and Justice in Multicultural Liberal States (Oxford, 2006), Cultural Pluralism and Dilemmas of Justice (Cornell UP, 2000), and a co-editor of volumes on multiculturalism and the thought of philosopher Onora O'Neill. She has written widely on diversity, deliberative democracy, gender equality, exploitation, and poverty.

This event is the second annual presentation in the Ethics Lecture Series. This will be a hybrid event.

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