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Inventing the Ties That Bind: Imagined Relationships in Moral and Political Life

Francesca Polletta


At a time of sharp economic inequalities and political polarization, Inventing the Ties that Bind explores how Americans cooperate in workplaces, grassroots social movements, unions, churches, humanitarian initiatives, and civic forums. It focuses on people’s ideas about what joins them, and it shows how they use those ideas—those imagined relationships—to deal with standard challenges of solidarity. The variety of relationship schemas on which people routinely draw suggests that contemporary civic efforts to build solidarity by way of experiences of egalitarian intimacy may be unduly narrow. ... More

Keywords: solidarity, political polarization, imagined community, civility, democratic relationships, citizen trust

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226734170
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226734347.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Francesca Polletta, author
University of California, Irvine