£14.99 | $26.95
12 July 2012
216mm x 138mm
Geography, International Relations, Politics, Sociology and Social Policy, History
Hidden Histories and Geographies of Internationalism
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.
Solidarity presents a variety of case studies, from anti-slavery and anti-fascist organizing to climate change activism and the boycotts of Coca-Cola. It 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, Solidarity is a fascinating investigation of an increasingly vital subject.
'This book does much more than recover precious negated histories of solidarities built in the course of struggles against oppression. Solidarity is a timely, significant contribution to the theorizing of subaltern cosmopolitanisms that, without negating different histories and positioning, find common ground in strivings for equality, redistribution, and justice.'
Nina Glick Schiller, director of the Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures and professor of social anthropology, University of Manchester
'This book is alive with ideas, politics and possibilities. It traces solidarities to oppression and grievance, but also to curiosity, imagination and sociability, and in all this it finds and communicates inspiration and hope.'
Richard Phillips, professor of human geography, University of Sheffield
'Dave Featherstone evokes the restless energy of international solidarity actions as they repeatedly emerge in unexpected spaces, and are constantly reinvented in struggles against oppression. With impressive historical range, he shows us this has been going on for much longer than is often thought.'
Jeremy Anderson, head of strategic research, International Transport Workers' Federation
'Solidarity breaks new ground through Featherstone's critical, rigorous and highly engaging exploration of the forging of solidarity between disparate actors struggling to transform their lifeworlds. Through powerful and productive case studies, Featherstone illuminates solidarity as an ongoing - and potentially transformative - political relationship rather than merely a thing to be achieved. Well-written, knowledgeable, and provocative, this original work is a vital contribution to contemporary attempts not only to map and describe the fabric of social justice struggle but to explore what it means and why it matters.'
Alex Khasnabish, assistant professor, Mount Saint Vincent University and author of Zapatistas: Rebellion from the Grassroots to the Global
Table of Contents
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
About the Author:
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.
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