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Liberty, equality, fraternity$
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Paul Spicker

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348418

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348418.001.0001

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The inclusive society

The inclusive society

(p.143) Six The inclusive society
Liberty, equality, fraternity

Paul Spicker

Policy Press

Solidarity is strongly identified with actions beyond the scope of government — including domestic, voluntary, charitable and altruistic behaviour. Its practical purposes include a model of solidarity in rational cooperation and mutual aid and in terms of collective action. The idea of a ‘solidaristic society’, however, is simply tautologous: solidarity is not usually thought of as a model for society, because patterns of solidarity define what a society is. Solidarity is a principle, rather than an ideal, but it is not difficult to imagine a society where people are tied to each other by a sense of mutual obligation and support.

Keywords:   solidarity, mutual aid, rational cooperation, mutual obligation, society

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