Quotation Hofmann, Julia, Altreiter, Carina, Flecker, Jörg, Schindler, Saskja, Simsa, Ruth. 2019. Symbolic struggles over solidarity in times of crisis: trade unions, civil society actors and the political far right in Austria. European Societies. 21 (5), 649-671.


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As a consequence of the recent financial and economic crisis, social cohesion and integration are in jeopardy all over Europe. In this context, scholars also speak of decreasing solidarity, which is defined as a normative obligation to help each other and to make sacrifices to reach common goals. By taking the empirical example of Austria, we argue that the meaning of solidarity is increasingly being contested. Various collective actors such as trade unions, civil society actors, but also right-wing populist parties are engaged in symbolic struggles over solidarity. To show this, we examine the different concepts and foundations of solidarity and analyse where and why they conflict with each other, referring to recent debates on political issues, such as the needs-based minimum benefit system and the access to the labour market for refugees.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal European Societies
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Symbolic struggles over solidarity in times of crisis: trade unions, civil society actors and the political far right in Austria
Volume 21
Number 5
Year 2019
Page from 649
Page to 671
Reviewed? Y
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14616696.2019.1616790
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14616696.2019.1616790

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Altreiter, Carina (Details)
Simsa, Ruth (Details)
External
Flecker, Jörg (Universität Wien, Austria)
Hofmann, Julia (Universität Wien, Austria)
Schindler, Saskja (Universität Wien, Austria)
Organization
Institute for Sociology and Social Research IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5108 Political theory (Details)
5401 General social research (Details)
5413 Sociological methods (Details)
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