Affective and calculative solidarity: the impact of individualism and neoliberal capitalism

Title: Affective and calculative solidarity: the impact of individualism and neoliberal capitalism
Authors: Lynch, Kathleen
Kalaitzake, Manolis
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Date: 25-Jul-2018
Online since: 2018-11-26T09:49:33Z
Abstract: This article examines the ways in which the self-responsibilized individualism underpinning contemporary concepts of the ideal European citizen, on the one hand (Frericks, 2014), and the inequalities and anti-democratic politics that characterize contemporary neoliberal capitalism, on the other, are co-constituent elements in creating an antipathy to forms of solidarity that are affective as opposed to calculative. The active citizenship framework lacks a full appreciation of the interdependency of the human condition and is antithetical to universalistic, affectively-led forms of solidarity. The deep relationality that is endemic to both social production and reproduction, and that impels an affective, morally-led form of solidarity needs to be recognized academically and intellectually, and politically sustained, if we are to move beyond a narrow, calculative, self-interested vision of solidarity in Europe.
Funding Details: European Commission Horizon 2020
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Sage
Journal: European Journal of Social Theory
Copyright (published version): 2018 the Authors
Keywords: Affective solidarityCalculative solidarityIndividualismNeoliberal capitalismSelf-responsibilization
DOI: 10.1177/1368431018786379
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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