‘Mutual aid is present in every crisis’: An interview with Dean Spade

Sircar, Oishik (2022) ‘Mutual aid is present in every crisis’: An interview with Dean Spade. Jindal Global Law Review, 13 (1). pp. 191-220. ISSN 2364-4869

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The Covid-19 pandemic unravelled a crisis of the modern state, and its legal institu tions on the one hand, and on the other hand of our interpretive frames—both philo sophical and scientifc. It is here that the idea and practice of mutual aid gains signif icance, both to think about how we can respond to acute crises of planetary scales as well as to the crisis of critique in the discipline of law. The task of mutual aid is not to rehabilitate law out of its crisis or to restore conditions and systems back to a state prior to a crisis. This is because, as Dean Spade says in this interview, ‘they are not broken systems needing to be fxed. They are working exactly as they were designed to work, constantly sharpening violence against targeted populations and enriching a very few people.’ Spade—Wismer Professor of Gender and Diversity at the Seat tle University School of Law and a founder of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project—is a key scholar-activist voice on mutual aid in North America and Europe. He is author, most recently, of Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During this Crisis (And the Next). In this conversation with Oishik Sircar, Spade discusses his theoretical and political infuences, how he relates the idea of crisis to critique, his sobering assessment of the limitations not only of law reform but of the role of legal education in radical transformation, his own understandings of mutual aid, his favourite words, why and how he does not see himself only as a legal scholar-activist, and his vision of hope and hopelessness in times of acute and intense crises

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Mutual aid | Crisis | Critique | Solidarity | Law | Legal education | Anarchism
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Amees Mohammad
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2022 05:58
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2023 11:16
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s41020-022-00173-w
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/3826


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