Solidarity: Old concept, new meaning?
This workshop will explore the nature of social solidarity in Scottish society in the wake of the recession and how grassroots organisations in Scotland can facilitate it. While the term solidarity has spawned various definitions within the social sciences, here this concept identifies practices of mutual help developed by citizens within communities. The event will take the form of a debate involving a panel of five speakers from grassroots organisations and academia. It will be facilitated by an academic chair who will ask a series of key questions to which panellists will answer by presenting their experience (in the case of activists) or research findings (in the case of the researcher). There will be plenty of time for audience questions and discussion.
The proposed debate will discuss current forms of solidarity implemented by grassroots organisations across Scotland. Since the speakers invited to take part in the debate will be activists, they will benefit from insights provided by both academia, through the presentation of research finding, and from the opinions of the general public.