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.
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