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Practices that are shifting perceptions of solidarity

When surveyed as to whether a certain number of these practices are solidarity-driven (or otherwise), Europeans do consider on the whole that they are at least partly related to solidarity.
This is the case of swapping services (82% consider it to be solidarity-driven, including 29% “completely” and 53% “partly”), raising awareness of the action of an organisation of person among social media contacts (80%, of whom 56% “partly”), taking part in creating a tutorial on internet (76%, of whom 52% “partly”), proposing car sharing to people in return for a small contribution to costs (76%, of whom 54% “partly”), or even lending money via a crowd funding website and receiving interest payments (53% consider this solidarity-based, of whom 42% “partly”).

In the eyes of a majority of Europeans, in order to be fully solidarity-based, any action must always appear disinterested. Collaborative consumption, however, only partly fulfils this requirement: in most cases, it is a coming together of converging interests (for example getting rid of an object and earning a bit money for the seller, making a purchase at an attractive price for the buyer).
The emergence of these practices is changing the traditional (and more restrictive) view of solidarity inherited from the conception of charity as a unilateral act, and transforming it into multiple relations from which everyone has something to gain.

According to Europeans, these practices also result in a society in which there is greater solidarity (69% think so, of whom 11% “absolutely”). The Spanish (84%), Italians (76%), Poles (76%) and French (74%) are the most convinced of this. In these countries where the State welfare protection system appears to have failed or to be struggling, these new practices appear to be a new way of showing solidarity and for people to take back control over their destiny. It is no coincidence if these practices are developing most in the countries in which there are the greatest fears of falling into job insecurity: Poland, Italy, Spain... and France.

Practices that are shifting perceptions of solidarity

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