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Arjun Claire

giving voice to affected populations in the form of testimonies is a widespread phenomenon in the humanitarian sphere. The article concludes that the prism of solidarity can help reinvigorate the concept of témoignage, helping reconcile reason with emotion, combining practices of advocacy with those of activism, in turn creating the foundations of a more solidarist humanitarianism. Rise of a Humanitarian témoin Témoignage has been woven into the fabric of

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Anticolonialism in the global sixties

This book excavates forgotten histories of solidarity which were vital to radical political imaginaries during the ‘long sixties’. It decentres the conventional Western focus of this critical historical moment by foregrounding transnational solidarity with, and across, anticolonial and anti-imperialist liberation struggles. It traces the ways in which solidarity was conceived, imagined and enacted in the border-crossings – of nation, race and class identifications – of grassroots activists.

Exiled revolutionaries in Uruguay, postcolonial migrants in Britain, and Greek communist refugees in East Germany campaigned for their respective causes from afar while identifying and linking up with liberation struggles in Vietnam and the Gulf and with civil rights movements elsewhere. Meanwhile, Arab migrants in France, Pakistani volunteers and Iraqi artists found a myriad of ways to express solidarity with the Palestinian cause. Neglected archives also reveal Tricontinental Cuban-based genealogies of artistic militancy, as well as stories of anticolonial activist networks and meetings in North America, Italy, the Netherlands and Sudan, forging connections with those freedom fighters attempting to overthrow Portuguese colonial rule in Africa. These entwined routes of the 1960s chart a complex map of transnational political recognition and radical interconnections.

Bringing together original research with contributions from veteran activists and artists, this interdisciplinary volume explores how transnational solidarity was expressed in and carried through the itineraries of migrants and revolutionaries, film and print cultures, art and sport, political campaigns and armed struggle. It presents a novel perspective on radical politics of the global sixties which remains crucial to understanding anti-racist solidarity today.

The productive limits of Adorno’s thought
Patricia McManus

, anticolonial critical theory, one which adequately ‘provincialises’ the Frankfurt School – subjecting that work to a critique which is clear-eyed about its Eurocentric limits – while not hesitating to raid that body of work for any resources it can offer the project of emancipation. 1 This chapter aims to contribute to that work. It uses Adorno’s conceptualisation of solidarity to

in Transnational solidarity
(Re)calibrating democratic expectations
Darren Halpin

propositions. Firstly, borrowing from O’Neill’s discussion of representing nature and future generations, it is argued that advocacy by interest groups for some constituencies simply cannot be pursued through representation style behaviour; it can only be pursued through a form of what is referred to here as ‘solidarity’. Secondly, in turn, it is argued that the legitimacy of solidarity style advocacy by groups does not require (indeed does not benefit from) internal democratic structures. That is, some interest group advocacy is founded on other – non-democratic – forms of

in Groups, representation and democracy
The case of Angela Davis in Egypt
Sara Salem

In the early 1980s Angela Davis, one of the most visible faces in US Marxist, anti-racist and feminist activism, visited Egypt. The result of the trip was not only a fascinating account of her experiences, published as a chapter in her book Women, Culture, and Politics , 2 but it also marked the formation of new transnational connections of solidarity between Davis and numerous

in Transnational solidarity
Paul Routledge and Andrew Cumbers

5217P GLOBAL JUSTICE-PT/lb.qxd 13/1/09 19:59 Page 196 8 Geographies of transnational solidarity Solidarity is not a matter of altruism. Solidarity comes from the inability to tolerate the affront to our own integrity of passive or active collaboration in the oppression of others, and from the deep recognition of our most expansive self-interest. From the recognition that, like it or not, our liberation is bound up with that of every other being on the planet, and that politically, spiritually, in our heart of hearts we know anything else is unaffordable

in Global justice networks
The London left and the 1984–85 miners’ strike
Diarmaid Kelliher

7 Networks of solidarity The London left and the 1984–85 miners’ strike Diarmaid Kelliher In March 1984 the majority of British miners walked out on strike against the threat of widespread pit closures. Unlike the 1972 and 1974 coal disputes during the previous Conservative government, this was to be a lengthy and ultimately unsuccessful struggle, ending a year later with no agreement and the National Coal Board’s Ian McGregor promising to teach miners ‘the price of insubordination and insurrection’.1 Although many miners and their families were undoubtedly

in Waiting for the revolution
A feminist debate in internet time
Shilpa Phadke

, in the hope that Indian feminism and feminists can begin to work with the rage and pain that were generated, not forgetting it but accepting that we can talk, engage and even collaborate across the divides created. Deep emotions – of rage, shock, pain, betrayal, but also affection, friendship, solidarity – have been an integral part of this debate. This chapter is part auto-ethnography, part online ethnography via participant observation, and part textual analysis of the conversation on social media, online

in Intimacy and injury
The Chinese ping-pong team visits Africa in 1962
Amanda Shuman

110 Public diplomacy 6 Friendship is solidarity: the Chinese ping-pong team visits Africa in 1962* Amanda Shuman There is great promise in these [Ghanaian] West African players and one day, soon, they’ll make the table tennis world sit up and applaud. Rong Guotuan, China’s first ping-pong world champion, following the team’s visit to Africa in 1962.1 Many people today are aware of the so-called ‘ping-pong diplomacy’ that helped thaw US–China relations in the early 1970s.2 Few know that the Chinese leadership already had two decades of experience using sport

in Sport and diplomacy
Jenny Pickerill

4 Mobilisation, solidarity and network cohesion The fundamental way that we are going to carry on campaigning is by engaging people on the street and talking to people and putting our message over through local media. The internet just adds another medium through which we can get our campaigning message across. (Chris Crean, West Midlands RCC, FoE) Mobilising participation is a crucial function of many environmental groups. They aim to mobilise those already within the movement (those already integrated) to join in with the specific environmental activism of

in Cyberprotest