Reconceptualising Solidarity in the Social Factory: Cultural Work between Economic Needs and Political Desires

Strauß, Anke and Fleischmann, Alexander (2019) Reconceptualising Solidarity in the Social Factory: Cultural Work between Economic Needs and Political Desires. Work, Employment and Society, 34 (1). pp. 109-125. ISSN 0950-0170

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Abstract

This article reconceptualises work-based solidarity as political action that is distinct from, yet interlinked with, a socio-economic mode of activity. To extend existing relational approaches to work, this article reads a case study of a cultural initiative through Hannah Arendt's notions of labour, work and (political) action. With the latter being a form of engagement marked by plurality – the co-presence of equality and difference – the analysis shows how work-based solidarity as political activity is a temporary and precarious phenomenon. It necessitates constant engagement of various material and discursive elements to create its conditions. This article also shows how work-based solidarity is enabled through particular arrangements of activities stretching over both the socio-economic and the political sphere in a way that maintains the political mode of work distinct from socio-economic reasoning without ignoring its economic necessities.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: the fieldwork this article is based upon was funded by Volkswagen Foundation.
Keywords: aesthetics, cultural work, equality, Hannah Arendt, plurality, politics, solidarity, TSOL, work
Version of the Document: Published
Depositing User: ePub Administrator
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2019 14:47
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2020 09:52
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FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/92879/
URI: https://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/7345

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