Solidarity, authenticity and anti racism

Dinesh Wadiwel


Anti Racist struggles often aim to construct alliances between groups under the banner of "solidarity" in order to achieve change. Using Foucault's Society Must be Defended lectures as a basis, this paper interrogates the difficulties associated with creating solidarity in anti racist movements, when conflict and war might be treated as the basis for racial stratifications. Following from this, it is argued that friendships in spite of differences are possible under the guise of "truce": that is through allegiances that begin by acknowledging the fact of war.

Full Text:



Ahmed, S. 2005, 'The Politics of Bad Feeling', Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association Journal, vol.1, pp.73-85.

Derrida, J. 1997, Politics of Friendship, Verso, London.

Driving Miss Daisy 1989, Film, Directed by Bruce Beresford, Warner Brothers, USA.

Foucault, M. 2004, Society Must Be Defended, Penguin Books, London.

Harris, C. I. 1993, 'Whiteness as Property' Harvard Law Review, vol.106, no.8, pp.1707-91.

Hobbes, T.1998, Leviathan, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Machiavelli, N. 1950, The Prince and The Discourses, The Modern Library, New York.

Moreton-Robinson, A. 2006, 'Towards a New Research Agenda: Foucault, Whiteness and Indigenous Sovereignty', Journal of Sociology, vol. 42, no. 4, pp.383-395.

Schmitt, C. 1996, The Concept of the Political, University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Wolin, S. 1994, 'Fugitive Democracy', Constellations, vol.1, no.1, pp.11-25.

Xenos, N. 2001, 'Momentary Democracy', in A. Botwinick & W. E. Connolly (eds) Democracy and Vision: Sheldon Wolin and the Vicissitudes of the Political, Princeton University Press, Princeton.



Share this article: