Contested Solidarity

Practices of Refugee Support between Humanitarian Help and Political Activism

In the summer of 2015, an extraordinary number of German residents felt an urge to provide help to refugees. Doing good, however, is not as simple and straightforward as it might appear. Practices of solidarity are intertwined with questions of power. They are situated, relative and contested, unfolding in an ambivalent space between humanitarianism and political activism. This ethnographic account of the German »welcome culture« provides insights into the contested practices, imaginaries, interests and politics of refugee solidarity. Drawing on works from critical migration studies to social anthropology, Larissa Fleischmann develops an empirically grounded understanding of solidarity in migration societies.

Kapitel-Übersicht

  1. Frontmatter

    Seiten 1 - 4
  2. Contents

    Seiten 5 - 8
  3. 1. INTRODUCTION: The Contested Solidarities of the German 'Welcome Culture'

    1.1. The Spirit of Summer 2015: "We Want to Help Refugees!"

    Seiten 9 - 16
  4. 1.2. The Political Ambivalences of Refugee Support

    Seiten 16 - 23
  5. 1.3. Conceptualizing Solidarity in Migration Societies

    Seiten 23 - 30
  6. 1.4. The Political Possibilities of Grassroots Humanitarianism

    Seiten 30 - 36
  7. 1.5. Rethinking Political Action in Migration Societies

    Seiten 36 - 40
  8. 1.6. Researching Solidarity in the German 'Summer of Welcome': Field, Access, Methods, Ethics

    Seiten 40 - 46
  9. 1.7. An Outline of Contested Solidarity

    Seiten 46 - 50
  10. 2. MOBILIZING SOLIDARITY: Building Local 'Welcome Culture' through a Moral Imperative to Act

    2.1. The Notion of a 'Welcome Culture' and its Mobilizing Effects

    Seiten 51 - 55
  11. 2.2. Humanitarian Dissent: The Solidarity March 'Ellwangen Shows its Colours'

    Seiten 55 - 71
  12. 2.3. Humanitarian Governance: Volunteering with Refugees in Ellwangen

    Seiten 71 - 83
  13. 2.4. Concluding Remarks: Practices of Solidarity between Dissent and Co-Optation

    Seiten 83 - 84
  14. 3. GOVERNING SOLIDARITY: Volunteering with Refugees as a Field of Governmental Intervention

    3.1. Governmental Interventions in the Conduct of Volunteering with Refugees

    Seiten 85 - 88
  15. 3.2. (Re)Ordering Responsibilities in the Reception of Asylum Seekers

    Seiten 88 - 99
  16. 3.3. (Re)Shaping the Self-Conduct of Committed Citizens

    Seiten 100 - 112
  17. 3.4. Depoliticizing "Uncomfortable" Practices of Refugee Support

    Seiten 112 - 119
  18. 3.5. Concluding Remarks: The Government of Refugee Solidarity

    Seiten 119 - 120
  19. 4. POLITICIZING SOLIDARITY: The Contested Political Meanings and Effects of Refugee Support

    4.1. "We are also Political Volunteers!"

    Seiten 121 - 125
  20. 4.2. Politics of Presence: Enacting Alternative Visions of Society

    Seiten 125 - 131
  21. 4.3. Contestations around Equal Rights

    Seiten 131 - 139
  22. 4.4. Contestations around a Right to Stay

    Seiten 139 - 147
  23. 4.5. Contestations around a Right to Migrate

    Seiten 147 - 152
  24. 4.6. Concluding Remarks: Emerging Meanings of Political Action in Migration Societies

    Seiten 152 - 154
  25. 5. RECASTING SOLIDARITY: The Political Agency of Asylum Seekers in Relationships of Solidarity

    5.1. Insubordinate Recipients: Asylum Seekers' Interventions in Relationships of Solidarity

    Seiten 155 - 158
  26. 5.2. The Intermediated Agency of Asylum Seekers

    Seiten 158 - 161
  27. 5.3. (De)politicizing the Meanings of Food: The Intermediation of Migrant Protest in Bad Waldsee

    Seiten 161 - 175
  28. 5.4. Deterring 'Economic Migrants': The Intermediation of Migrant Protest in Offenburg

    Seiten 176 - 189
  29. 5.5. Concluding Remarks: The Agency of Asylum Seekers in the Contestation of Solidarity

    Seiten 189 - 192
  30. 6. BREAKING SOLIDARITY: Refugee Activism as a Conflicting Imaginary of Solidarity and Community

    6.1. At the Frontlines of Solidarity and Community

    Seiten 193 - 197
  31. 6.2. A Short History of Refugee Activism in Schwäbisch Gmünd

    Seiten 197 - 201
  32. 6.3. The Breaking of Relationships of Solidarity

    Seiten 201 - 213
  33. 6.4. The Conflicting Imaginaries of Community

    Seiten 214 - 225
  34. 6.5. Concluding Remarks: The Intimate Relationship between Community and Solidarity

    Seiten 226 - 228
  35. 7. WORDS IN CONCLUSION: Lines of Contestation in Contemporary Migration Societies

    Introduction

    Seiten 229 - 230
  36. 7.1. The Contested Line between Insiders and Outsiders

    Seiten 230 - 233
  37. 7.2. The Contested Line between 'the State' and 'Civil Society'

    Seiten 233 - 236
  38. 7.3. The Contested Relationship between 'the Local' and 'the World Out There'

    Seiten 236 - 240
  39. References

    Seiten 241 - 270
  40. Acknowledgements

    Seiten 271 - 274
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Larissa Fleischmann

Larissa Fleischmann, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Deutschland

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InfoDienst Migration, 1 (2021)
Autor_in(nen)
Larissa Fleischmann
Buchtitel
Contested Solidarity Practices of Refugee Support between Humanitarian Help and Political Activism
Verlag
transcript Verlag
Seitenanzahl
274
ISBN
978-3-8394-5437-4
DOI
10.14361/9783839454374
Warengruppe
1729
BIC-Code
JFFD JFFN JPQB
BISAC-Code
SOC007000 POL028000
THEMA-Code
JBFG JBFH JPQB
Erscheinungsdatum
27. Oktober 2020
Themen
Politik, Flucht, Zivilgesellschaft
Adressaten
Social and Cultural Anthropology, Critical Migration Studies, Sociology, Human Geography, Social Work and Public Administration
Schlagworte
Refugees, Solidarity, Volunteering, Humanitarianism, Political Activism, Fleeing, Civil Society, Politics, Refugee Studies, Migration, Migration Policy, Social Movements

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