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Global Solidarity

Lawrence Wilde

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Explores the potential of globalisation to provide the conditions for a harmonious global community

Lawrence Wilde introduces the concept of global solidarity and explains how it relates to nationalism, gender, religion and culture. Looking to the future, he explores the politics of global solidarity and the conditions required for its development.

Solidarity has been a mobilising word since entering the political vocabulary in the mid-19th century, and conjures images of united action in pursuit of social justice. But is solidarity among strangers is a meaningful aspiration in our globalising age?

Key Features

  • Distinguishes between various conceptualisations of solidarity
  • Critically examines the work of Rorty, Honneth, Touraine, Habermas and Fraser
  • Argues for a radical humanist alternative grounded in virtue ethics
  • Examines areas of social division – nation, gender and religion – and suggests how to reconcile them


1. The Evolution of a Concept
2. Theories of Solidarity
3. A Radical Humanist Approach to Human Solidarity
4. Superseding the Nation
5. A Gendered Solidarity
6. Post-Secular Solidarity
7. A Culture of Global Solidarity
8. A Politics of Global Solidarity.

About the Author

Lawrence Wilde is Professor of Political Theory at Nottingham Trent University.