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The inclusive society

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348418.003.0007
The inclusive society

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Solidarity is strongly identified with actions beyond the scope of government — including domestic, voluntary, charitable and altruistic behaviour. Its practical purposes include a model of solidarity in rational cooperation and mutual aid and in terms of collective action. The idea of a ‘solidaristic society’, however, is simply tautologous: solidarity is not usually thought of as a model for society, because patterns of solidarity define what a society is. Solidarity is a principle, rather than an ideal, but it is not difficult to imagine a society where people are tied to each other by a sense of mutual obligation and support.

Keywords: solidarity; mutual aid; rational cooperation; mutual obligation; society

Chapter.  6391 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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