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Rethinking Solidarity: An Introduction

Nathalie Aghoro, Katharina Gerund, Sylvia Mayer

Pages 431 - 440



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This introduction outlines the current state of research on solidarity as it pertains to transnational American studies. It highlights how solidarity has, once again, become a buzzword in political, cultural, and academic debates in the United States and beyond, and it sketches exemplarily how the concept has been negotiated across disciplines. Solidarity continues to be a contested idea and certainly has its limits. Yet, as the contributions to this special issue show, it can be and has been productively re-thought in literary, political, and cultural discourses as well as in contemporary scholarship, attesting to both its limits and—perhaps more importantly—its moral, social, and political promises.

Key Words: solidarity; social division; affect; social justice; imaginaries of solidarity

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