Solidarity and Isolation

Following up our most recent podcast of the first Jacek Kuron debate onĀ  Values and Social Policy, which took place as part of a 2005 conference on solidarity, hosted by the Institute for Human Sciences at Boston University, we are continuing the solidarity theme. This week’s podcast is an edited recording (to watch the entire debate, please visit BUniverse) of the fourth Jacek Kuron debate, which took place as part of the 4th Conference on Solidarity: Solidarity and Isolation at Boston University on September 26, 2008. The discussion, entitled “The Craft of Solidarity: Skills and Practice”, featured Alfred Gusenbauer, Prime Minister of the Republic of Austria, and Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology at New York University and at the London School of Economics. It was moderated by Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia University.

The conference was focused on the following questions: If social isolation is the converse of solidarity, what can we learn about the latter by exploring the former? How does the magnitude, and how do various patterns of social isolation affect a civic order that is premised on threshold levels of generalized solidarity based on trust, pluralism and toleration.

The debate was originally recorded for WBUR’s “World of Ideas” program and aired on October 26, 2008. We are grateful to WBUR for making the recording available to EU for You.

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