Towards a globalisation of solidarity?

Menno Fenger and Kees van Paridon

in Reinventing Social Solidarity Across Europe

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9781847427274
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305552 | DOI:
Towards a globalisation of solidarity?

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This chapter focuses on the relationship between globalization and solidarity. Some authors perceive globalization as a threat to domestic solidarities; whereas others point at the possibilities that globalization offers for solidarity within or beyond the current realms. Recent concerted efforts to deal with the consequences of the global economic crisis clearly reveal the interdependencies between the open economies in the world. The chapter analyses the concept of solidarity in the light of varying interpretations identifying four types of solidarity: moral individual solidarity; reciprocal individual solidarity; moral institutionalized solidarity; and reciprocal institutional solidarity. It goes on to focus on the concept of globalization and the impact of globalization upon individual solidarity, before concluding by analysing the impact of globalization on institutional solidarity at the level of the nation state and from a global perspective.

Keywords: solidarity; globalization; institutional solidarity; economic crisis

Chapter.  6489 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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