Sticking Together or Falling Apart

Solidarity in an Era of Individualization and Globalization

Paul de Beer and Ferry Koster

Sticking Together or Falling Apart

Paul de Beer and Ferry Koster

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

208 pages | 6 3/10 x 9 1/2
Paper $43.95 ISBN: 9789089641281 Published August 2010 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

This volume examines the impact of globalization and individualization on social solidarity, in both a theoretical and empirical context, focusing on types of informal solidarity, such as volunteering, charitable giving, and care, as well as more formal types, such as government benefits and developmental aid. The first thorough study of international comparative data on solidarity, Sticking Together or Falling Apart concludes that, overall, solidarity is on the rise rather than declining, despite the ambiguous effects of both globalization and individualization.


1.      Individualization, globalization and solidarity

2.      Taking care of each other – Trends in solidarity

3.      Altruism or self-interest? – Solidarity and the welfare state

4.      Falling apart? – The many meanings of individualization

5.      Independent yet solidary – The impact of individualization on solidarity

6.      A borderless world? – Developments in globalization, 1970-2005

Threats and opportunities – The impact of globalization on the welfare state

7.      Globalization versus localisation – The relationship between openness and solidarity

8.      Myths and facts – Pressures on the welfare state

9.      Between community care and European welfare state – Policy alternatives for the national welfare state

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