This original, scholarly collection of essays investigates the intersections of large-scale international migration and solidarity-building. Unpacking how civil courage occurs, under what forms, and what sustains it, Carlo Tognato, Bernadette Nadya Jaworsky, and Jeffrey C. Alexander bring together authors to explore a new theory of the exemplary individual or collective in the recent age of "migration crises"-actors who stand against injuries or injustices toward migrants, even when it is costly or risky in a context of hostility or indifference. A resource for those interested in the triggers and safeguards of democracy and civil society, and for scholars and practitioners alike, this volume offers empirical case studies from the US, Europe, Australia, and Latin America of cross-group solidarity efforts.
Carlo Tognato is Visiting Scholar the Center for the Study of Social Change, Institutions and Policy at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, USA.
Bernadette Nadya Jaworsky is Associate Professor of Sociology at Masaryk University, Czech Republic.
Jeffrey C. Alexander is Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology at Yale University, USA, and the founder and co-director of Yale's Center for Cultural Sociology.
Chapter 1: Introduction: Understanding Civil Courage in International Migration
Part I: Righteous, Between Yesterday and Today
Chapter 2: The Righteous of the Transnation: Jews, Muslims, and a Politics of Friendship in Berlin
Chapter 3: "We are Jewish and We Want to Help You": Righteous Cross-Group Solidarity towards Muslim Refugees in Vienna
Chapter 4: Righteous Doctors: Reacting to the Inhumane Treatment of Asylum Seekers in Australia
Part II: Righteous, Today
Chapter 5: When Saving Lives Becomes a Crime: Performances of Solidarity with Migrants along Europe's Southern Border
Chapter 6: The Courage of Piety: Civil Solidarity and the Dead in International Migration
Chapter 7: Solidary Cuisine: Las Patronas Facing the Central American Migratory Flow
Chapter 8: Reaching Across: Migrant Support Activism on a Divided Island
Chapter 9: "We Always Have Been and Always Will Be a Sanctuary City": Cities as Righteous Actors in the U.S. Civil Sphere
Part III: Commentary and Conclusion
Chapter 10: Commentary: The Discursive Paradox of the "Righteous Among the Nations" in Civil Sphere Theorizing
Chapter 11: Conclusion: The Public Performance of Civil Righteousness