Recovering the anticolonial roots of solidarity

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This paper aims to critically reorient us to the received ways of thinking about solidarity today. I begin by arguing that discussions of solidarity is a rigidly “symmetrical” relationship, which rules out the kinds of transnational solidarity typical of anticolonial social movements; or solidarity is an “asymmetrical” relationship of “deference”, which rules out the emphasis on autonomy central to anticolonial solidarity. I then turn to the conceptual history of solidarity, juxtaposing the work of Léon Bourgeois and Anténor Firmin to distinguish a “hegemonic” from a “counter-hegemonic” form of solidarity. Firmin’s critique of what he called “European solidarity” and his alternative anticolonial model better account for contemporary practices of anticolonial solidarity. Recovering them both clears critical theoretical space and responds to, while reciprocally supporting, ongoing practices of anticolonial solidarity today.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021

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