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Mar 12, 2024 | ISBN 9780593701249

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One of Vulture’s Best Books of the Year (So Far)
One of Foreign Policy’s Most Anticipated Books of The Year

One of The Millions’ Most Anticipated Books of Winter 2024

—James Downie, MSNBC
The Guardian

“Reads at once like a moral treatise and a rallying manifesto, a call to reflect and lock arms . . . but there’s something else humming under the surface, more philosophical ideas pointing the way to the deep humanity implicit in our interdependence.”
The Washington Post

“If there was ever a time for an American audience to become familiar with solidarity’s deep history, it would be now. An epidemic of loneliness, staggering inequality, forever wars, environmental degradation are just a small sample of the current problems we can only face together, not alone. It is for these reasons and more that . . . Solidarity . . . proves so timely.”
—The Nation

“Ambitious and comprehensive . . . persuasively argue[s] that in order to create a more ‘egalitarian world,’ we must cultivate and practice the kind of solidarity that ‘chang[es] the social order toward one that is both freer and more just.’”

“Leaves readers with a real sense that solidarity is the only way out of the mess we’re in.”
Electric Literature

“Excellent . . . part history, part manifesto.”
Los Angeles Review of Books

“Eye-opening . . . a powerful and necessary read.”

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

“An impassioned manifesto for social reform.”

“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
“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

“A principle, a discussion, and a book we are in dire need of: Solidarity is a timely corrective in an era that will require all of us to get back to basics and a helpful guide to confronting the politics of division that stand between us and a just world.”
—Olúfémi O. Táíwò, author of Elite Capture: How the Powerful Took Over Identity Politics (And Everything Else)

“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

Solidarity is a rich and deep examination of the way everyday people can come together to save ourselves. Through academic research and real-world experience, the authors have built a lesson plan and a call to action for anyone who wishes to build a future where we all thrive.”
Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA

Table Of Contents

Introduction xi

ONE The Orgins of a Debt 3

TWO Us vs. Them 33

THREE  Power in Numbers 62

FOUR Divide and Conquer  93

FIVE The Problem with Charity 133

SIX A Solidarity State  179

SEVEN Solidarity Beyond Borders  223

EIGHT Solidarity and the Sacred  273

CONCLUSION The Virtues of Solidarity 305

Acknowledgments  315

Notes  319

Select Bibliography  347

Index 371

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