Solidarity: The Past, Present, and Future of a World-Changing Idea

Pantheon. Mar. 2024. 432p. ISBN 9780593701249. $30. POL SCI
Activists and organizers Taylor (cofounder of Debt Collective; The Age of Insecurity) and Hunt-Hendrix (cofounder of Solidaire and Way To Win) present a full thesis on the concept of solidarity, from its interpretations to its practice. Each chapter contains working definitions, historical context, modern examples, and an analysis and evaluation of the execution of solidarity within these areas. These well-integrated chapters create relevance; readers will understand why the Roman Empire is featured as one example, while Amazon’s essential workers figure in another. Activism, philanthropy, and social reform are covered with an accuracy that conveys where the movements have made progress and where they fall short. Instead of constructing a community and naming an opponent, which makes solidarity a defense mechanism, Taylor and Hunt-Hendrix ask readers to critically reflect on their own positions, turning solidarity into an active principle. The book concludes with solid, relevant instructions on how to evolve solidarity into an everyday, effective practice, both domestically and internationally.
VERDICT Readers interested in the intersection of politics and practice will devour this impressive work.
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