P01
Enlightenment's third pillar: solidarity and solidarity economies

Convenors:
Theodoros Rakopoulos (University of Oslo)
Location:
Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 4
Start time:
20 June, 2014 at 9:00
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

We invite contributions that view solidarity as a grounded practice (based on participants' paradigms) and an analytical prism (reviewing the political legacy in and of Enlightenment). Solidarity is understood in the widest sense, to include moral economies, allegiances and political imagination.

Long abstract:

The submerged reciprocities during crises are coming to the fore in the form of grassroots solidarity economies, the revival of the debate on the moral economy, critical approaches to neoliberalism and an attention to grassroots responses to its localised configurations. Such responses should be taken seriously in order to provide an anthropological prism to a contested notion, largely neglected as Enlightenment's legacy. Fraternity has been the third, underdiscussed, pillar of political modernity, alongside equality and freedom. This is especially current if we consider that such practices are rising during (and, partly, because of) the crisis in places like Southern Europe. Moreover, it is urgent we rethink ideas and practices of solidarity situated in intellectual and ideological trajectories that both diverge from and overlap with political Enlightenment. We invite papers, based on ethnographic fieldwork among participants in diverse official and informal solidarity networks that might intersect with or contest the historical welfare state or provision routes alternative to that (such as philanthropy and charity). Contributions considering networks that arrange the distributions of food, or the offering of services are expected to tackle the anthropological discussion on crisis and uncertainty and should retain the ability of scale to revisit larger questions about Enlightenment's political legacy, reviewing local people's practices. The panel will critically explore the insights coming from grounded perceptions of solidarity activity and juxtapose these to broader debates on contemporary priorities for economic and political democracy.