From renowned organizers and activists Leah Hunt-Hendrix and Astra Taylor, comes the first in-depth examination of Solidarity - not just as a rallying cry, but as potent political movement with potential to effect lasting change

Product Code: 9284
ISBN: 9780593701249
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Pantheon
Pages: 432
Published Date: 03/12/2024
Availability:In stock
Price: $30.00

One of Foreign Policy’s Most Anticipated Books of The Year
One of The Millions’ Most Anticipated Books of Winter 2024

Solidarity is often invoked, but it is rarely analyzed and poorly understood. Here, two leading activists and thinkers survey the past, present, and future of the concept across borders of nation, identity, and class to ask: how can we build solidarity in an era of staggering inequality, polarization, violence, and ecological catastrophe? Offering a lively and lucid history of the idea - from Ancient Rome through the first European and American socialists and labor organizers, to twenty-first century social movements like Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter - Hunt-Hendrix and Taylor trace the philosophical debates and political struggles that have shaped the modern world.

Looking forward, they argue that a clear understanding of how solidarity is built and sustained, and an awareness of how it has been suppressed, is essential to warding off the many crises of our present: right-wing backlash, irreversible climate damage, widespread alienation, loneliness, and despair. Hunt-Hendrix and Taylor insist that solidarity is both a principle and a practice, one that must be cultivated and institutionalized, so that care for the common good becomes the central aim of politics and social life.

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“A window into what is possible when we reject the politics of division, trade individualism for interconnectedness and prioritize coming together for the greater good.” - Heather McGhee, author of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone

“Lucid and provocative . . . will resonate with idealists eager for consequential change.” - Publishers Weekly

“An impassioned manifesto for social reform.” - Kirkus

Astra and Leah have written a transformative text that reinvigorates ‘solidarity’ as a site of analysis and action. They offer us clear and compelling examples of how solidarity can not only change our economic and political system but can also transform what kind of people we become in the process.” - Derecka Purnell, author of Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom

“Readers interested in the intersection of politics and practice will devour this impressive work.” - Library Journal, starred review

“The great turning point of my life was the Reagan-era end of the idea that America was a group project. It was replaced with the notion that we were nothing more than individuals and the results included melting poles and shorter, harder lives for so many. Reversing those trends will require a recovery of solidarity as both an ideal and a practice. This wonderful book helps show the way.” - Bill McKibben, author of The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at his Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened

“For our age of austerity, debt, and inequality, Astra Taylor and Leah Hunt-Hendrix brilliantly retrieve solidarity and explore its radical potential. Connecting equals across difference, in states and at the global scale, solidarity emphasizes interdependent obligation against grinding hierarchy, including charitable and philanthropic noblesse oblige. This extraordinary book moves from the history of the concept to the present moment and proposes exactly the collective renovation that our political situation desperately requires.” - Samuel Moyn, author Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World

“While the labor movement taught us to sing, ‘Solidarity Forever,’ working people who struggle to make ends meet have rightly asked, ‘Solidarity for what?’ This book’s vision of ‘transformative solidarity’ is an answer to that question informed by history, aware of the forces we’re up against, and engaged with some of the most encouraging movement-building of our time. It’s a gift for all of us who want to build a world where everyone can thrive.” - William J. Barber, II, President of Repairers of the Breach and Founding Director of Yale’s Center for Public Theology and Public Policy

“Solidarity is the single most important idea right now - the only route toward shared joy and justice; the largest threat to concentrated power and profit. And Solidarity is the single most important book today: brilliant, fun, radical, practical, and dangerous - oh so dangerous - to the status quo. Read it, live it, pass it on.” - Ian Haney Lopez, author of Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class

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