Despite the frequency with which the word 'solidarity' is invoked the concept itself has rarely been subjected to close scrutiny. In this original and stereotype-busting work, David Featherstone helps redress this imbalance through an innovative combination of archival research, activist testimonies and first-hand involvement with political movements.
Presenting a variety of case studies, from anti-slavery and anti-fascist organizing to climate change activism and the boycotts of Coca-Cola, Featherstone unearths international forms of solidarity that are all too often marginalized by nation-centred histories of the left and social movements.
Timely and wide-ranging, this is a fascinating investigation of an increasingly vital subject.
David Featherstone is a senior lecturer in human geography at the University of Glasgow. He has key research interests in space, politics and resistance in both the past and present. He is the author of Resistance, Space and Political Identities: The Making of Counter-Global Networks and co-editor of Spatial Politics: Essays for Doreen Massey.
Introduction: Thinking solidarity politically Part I: Theorizing solidarity 1 Solidarity: theorizing a transformative political relation 2 Rethinking internationalism Part II: Colonial and anti-colonial internationalisms 3 'Labour with a white skin will never emancipate itself while labour with a black skin is in bondage': maritime labour and the uses of solidarity 4 'Your liberty and ours': black internationalism and anti-fascism Part III: Solidarity and Cold War geopolitics 5 'No trade with the junta': political exile and solidarity after the Chilean coup 6 'Beyond the barbed wire': European nuclear disarmament and non-aligned internationalism Part IV: Solidarity in the shadow of neoliberalism 7 'Our resistance is as transnational as capital': the counter-globalization movement and prefigurative solidarity 8 'If the climate were a bank it would be bailed out': solidarity and the making of climate justice Conclusion: Solidarity without guarantees Notes References Index