Original Research - Special Collection: Spirit Rising Tracing Movements of Justice

Deep solidarity: Broadening the basis of transformation

Joerg Rieger, Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 3 | a4578 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i3.4578 | © 2017 Joerg Rieger, Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 March 2017 | Published: 24 November 2017

About the author(s)

Joerg Rieger, Graduate Program of Religion, Divinity School, Vanderbilt University, United States and Department of Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger, Independent Researcher, United States and Department of Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Abstract

Across the globe, conditions of labour are worsening, providing both challenges and opportunities. As labour is one of the places where the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class is always at work, new models of resistance are created here as well. Deep solidarity describes what happens when the 99% who have to work for a living (including people who are excluded from the job market) realise what they have in common, in order to employ their differences productively in the struggle. In this article, a theologian and a labour and community organiser work together showing how the Abrahamic religious traditions and developments in the world of labour help us to shape deeper forms of solidarity.

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