Layers Of Vulnerability Essay

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The Commensurability of Different Vulnerability
Imam Subkhan

One of the chief argument from The Pastoral Clinic is that an ethic of care among the heroin addicts in Española Valley are possible emerge from a common and shared vulnerability. Garcia argues that the common experience of vulnerability of addicts in everyday life is the principle of commensurability in which become basis for an ethic of care such as in the form of watchfulness. She claims that ‘watchfulness’ is able “to offset forms of alienation that accompany addiction” and eventually opens up “the possibility of being together” which Garcia called “the very heart of social commensurability” (182).

At this point I would like to raise some reflections: how social commensurability in the form of vulnerability become foundation of human caring? In other words, what is it in the experience of vulnerability that might lead addicts to treat one another? Garcia has attempted to explain her own vulnerability experience with Peter
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Luna argues that the concept of vulnerability should be understood relatively and dynamically. She uses the metaphor of a layer to comprehend a vulnerability which “may be multiple and different, and that may be removed layer not a solid and unique vulnerability that exhausts the category; be different vulnerabilities, different layers operating” (Luna, 2009). The idea of layers of vulnerability gives flexibility of vulnerability. From the narratives of Peter, Alma, Joseph, Bernadette, Eugenia, Pauline, Michael in Pastorial Clinic we see that although all the addicts and their family are vulnerable, each of them has different vulnerability in the sense that they have their own subjective and historical experience respectively. In short, by this concept, we are able to seek the commensurability without avoiding the incommensurability of the different

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