Introduction: Transnational solidarity in the long sixties

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This introduction argues that anticolonial solidarity is central to understanding the radical politics of the long sixties. More than an attempt to complicate the spatial and temporal coordinates of traditional scholarship of the period, we trace how solidarity was imagined and enacted across metaphorical and literal border zones. Beyond its articulation within the Global South, the anticolonial liberation project conjured up a broder framework of solidarity that intersected with African American civil rights movements and revolutionary anti-imperialism in the Global North and, not least, mobilized diasporic and postcolonial immigrant communities in the metropoles. The inauguration of powerful forms of transnational identification is evident in and through the radical cultures of circulation that linked up the diverse, yet interconnected, liberation struggles of the global sixties. Emphasizing the necessity for an interdisciplinary approach in order to access these marginalized histories, we propose that the trajectories of anticolonial solidarity in the long sixties provides potent models of resistance that can speak to the racializing power structures of the early twenty-first century.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransnational solidarity
Subtitle of host publicationAnticolonialism in the global sixties
Editors Zeina Maasri, Cathy Bergin, Francesca Burke
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781526161550
ISBN (Print)9781526161550, 9781526161550, 9781526161550, 9781526164567
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameRacism, Resistance and Social Change
PublisherManchester University Press


  • Transnational
  • Solidarity
  • anticolonialism
  • 1960s
  • Global south
  • radical politics


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