Essex Social Science on COVID-19: A webinar series from the Faculty of Social Sciences
12:30 - 13:30
Dr Rhiannon Firth
Lectures, talks and seminars
Essex Social Science on COVID-19
Sociology, Department of
Join Dr Rhiannon Firth as she looks at whether mutual aid has been taken over by a well-meaning middle-class. Mutual aid has radical roots – should these be maintained and, if so, how?
The concept of mutual aid has a long tradition in anarchist theory and practice. It differs from charity because it does not presume separation between helpers and helped, and it intends to prefigure a non-hierarchical society. However, many participants in current groups are unaware of the history, and there have been calls not to politicise disaster relief.
The State response sometimes appears to encourage these groups, attempting to co-opt them into official policy. At other times, movements are violently repressed when perceived as a threat to governability. So does mutual aid suit the governing elite or threaten it?
This event is part of the Essex Social Science on COVID-19 webinar series and is organised by the Faculty of Social Sciences. The webinar is open to the public and completely free of charge. To register your place and join the webinar, book your place via Zoom: