Political altruism?: solidarity movements in international by Marco Giugni, Florence Passy

By Marco Giugni, Florence Passy

Political Altruism? bargains with participation in political actions geared toward protecting the rights of different members and teams, resembling asylum seekers, immigrant staff, populations of 3rd global nations, and folks whose basic human rights are being harmed. unity pursuits became an incredible collective actor in modern western societies, but almost no scholarly paintings in the past has addressed them theoretically and empirically.

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Nor does it mean that the voluntary sector does not fulfill a political role in the modern society. 3 Nonprofit organizations provide social help to the disadvantaged, to the “underclass,” a task that Page 8 is not—or not sufficiently—fulfilled by the state, but they are not striving collectively for political changes and are not endorsing a political issue. In other words, they are not involved in a political conflict. 4 Once these cultural and social dividing lines are politically framed by collective actors such as parties, interest groups, and social movements, they become political cleavages (Bartolini and Mair 1990).

Political altruism and solidarity are analytical categories that capture both social reality and human desires. Our task as social scientists is to put our desires aside and thus avoid proceeding from a normative point of view in favor of a sane skepticism which must inform scientific analysis. This is the spirit that has guided our inquiry into the world of altruistic and solidary behaviors. The concrete object of the discussions offered in this book is represented by the solidarity movement as a form of collective action and civic participation.

First, perhaps with the exception of France, the general trend shows a growth in the four countries, for the number of events has increased during the period under study. Second, the movement displays important ebbs and flows which differ from one country to the other. The contrasting development of mobilization is particularly striking if we compare the German and French movements; while the former displays an upsurge of activity after 1980, the latter has experienced a sharp decline that lasted until 1984.

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