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The political theologies of climate change-induced migration

Baldwin, A.

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This article aims to understand the political theologies at stake in the discourses and practices of climate change-induced migration. The argument proceeds from the idea that climate change-induced migration is an example of the absolute. It then traces how the absolute finds expression in two versions of the discourse on climate change and migration: the sovereigntist and liberal variations. The principal argument is that when we reduce the debate on climate change and migration to a set of competing secular claims, we risk overlooking the theological dimensions of the debate. Consequently, we risk posing the wrong questions about what is at stake in the phenomenon. The article argues in favour of using the phenomenon of climate change-induced migration as an occasion to ask: what does it mean to be human in the context of climate change?


Baldwin, A. (2014). The political theologies of climate change-induced migration. Critical Studies on Security, 2(2), 210-222.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 2, 2014
Online Publication Date Aug 28, 2014
Publication Date Aug 28, 2014
Deposit Date Jun 2, 2014
Publicly Available Date Feb 28, 2016
Journal Critical Studies on Security
Print ISSN 2162-4887
Electronic ISSN 2162-4909
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 2
Pages 210-222
Keywords Climate change, Migration, Political theology, Sovereignty, Liberalism.


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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Critical Studies on Security on 28/08/2014, available online at:

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