Solidarity in contemporary Britain has come under pressure not only as a result of the global financial crisis and the ensuing austerity measures but also against a backdrop of constitutional volatility from the Scottish independence referendum in 2014 and the vote to leave the EU in 2016. Using cross-sectional data from an original survey of 2083 UK-based individuals, this chapter uncovers how practices, attitudes, and behaviours of solidarity towards vulnerable groups are distributed in contemporary Britain. Our findings highlight specific challenges for maintaining solidarity in post-crisis Britain as we reveal both a variegated distribution of solidarity across the constituent nations of the UK and a hierarchy of solidarity towards different vulnerable groups.
|Title of host publication||Solidarity in Europe: Citizens' responses in times of crisis|
|Editors||Christian Lahusen, Maria T. Grasso|
|Number of pages||28|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2018|
|Name||Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology|
- United Kingdom
Montgomery, T., Baglioni, S., Biosca , O., & Grasso, M. (2018). Pulling together or pulling apart? Solidarity in the post-crisis United Kingdom. In C. Lahusen, & M. T. Grasso (Eds.), Solidarity in Europe: Citizens' responses in times of crisis (pp. 73-101). (Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology). Palgrave Macmillan.