Fraternity and solidarity

Paul Spicker

in Liberty, equality, fraternity

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9781861348418
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302704 | DOI:
Fraternity and solidarity

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This chapter discusses the concept of fraternity and the concept of solidarity. It looks especially at their relationship and differences. Fraternity is based on the idea that people have responsibilities to each other. It incorporates the ideals of collective action, cooperation and mutual aid. ‘Solidarity’ refers to the same kind of ideal as fraternity — primarily, obligations and mutual support between people. The concepts of solidarity and fraternity share a commitment to mutual aid and social responsibility. Solidarity differs from fraternity by emphasising moral obligation, rather than cooperation, as the binding force which guides social action. Solidarity includes issues of the common good, reciprocity and social responsibility.

Keywords: fraternity; solidarity; collective action; moral obligation; social responsibility; mutual aid

Chapter.  9724 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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