On Transversal Solidarity: An Approach to Migration and Multi-Scalar Solidarities

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This article develops a conceptualisation of transversal solidarity in relation to migration and migrants. It reflects different ways of practicing, organising and articulating solidarity. We proceed through a conceptualisation of solidarity in terms of ‘transversal solidarity’ relating to three dimensions involved in solidarity practices from below and discuss how to bridge their respective dichotomies: identity and the related in-group and out-group dichotomy; space, in terms of the separation of the local from the national and international; organisation, related to the incompatibility of the social and the institutional. We link this conceptualisation to a typology of solidarity working on three different scales (autonomous solidarity, civic solidarity and institutional solidarity), which reflects these dynamics of solidarity as well as the degree of institutionalisation. We use different examples to illustrate various types of transversal solidarity
Original languageEnglish
JournalCritical Sociology
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)857-873
Number of pages17
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Dec 2020


  • solidarity, scales
  • scales
  • refugee crisis
  • transversality
  • organiations
  • identity


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