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Can solidarity be taught?
Sourceon education. Journal for research and debate 4 (2021) 10, 4 S. ZDB
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ISSN2571-7855; 25717855
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review statusPublishing House Lectorship
Abstract (English):In this essay I am addressing the question of whether solidarity is something that can be taught. It is based on experiences from my field research on NGOs working on education in the West African Republic of Benin and in Germany. What does it need for someone to become solidary, and what does it take to grasp the politics of solidarity? What happens to solidarity when it is instrumentalized, when solidarity campaigns are transformed into a ‘competition of care’? I understand solidarity to be first and foremost about relating to others, from a certain power position, driven by a common cause, while acknowledging the differences between those who show solidarity, and those they show it for. Solidarity as a relational process is as much about oneself as it is about the other and the relation in between. Inspired by the pedagogy of resonance and ChangeWriters methods for relationship work, I argue that as an educational practice and subject, solidarity needs to be experienced, reflected on, shared, discussed, and thus understood in its personal and political dimensions. For this to happen on a larger scale, we would not only need to let go of an instrumental vision of solidarity, but also of an instrumental vision of education. (DIPF/Orig.)
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Date of publication01.10.2021
CitationFichtner, Sarah: Can solidarity be taught? - In: on education. Journal for research and debate 4 (2021) 10, 4 S. - URN: urn:nbn:de:0111-pedocs-233647 - DOI: 10.25656/01:23364; 10.17899/on_ed.2021.10.7
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