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Political Altruism? : Solidarity Movements in International Perspective - Marco G. Giugni

Political Altruism?

Solidarity Movements in International Perspective

Paperback Published: 21st February 2001
ISBN: 9780847698813
Number Of Pages: 283

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Political Altruism? deals with participation in political activities aimed at defending the rights of other individuals and groups, such as asylum seekers, immigrant workers, populations of Third World countries, and people whose fundamental human rights are being harmed. Solidarity movements have become an important collective actor in contemporary western societies, yet virtually no scholarly work up to now has addressed them theoretically and empirically. This volume shows why political altruism is better seen as the result of social interactions rather than of a supposedly altruistic outburst. Contributors address the theoretical questions at the core of social movement theory, using country-specific studies including France, Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, and the US, while also examining the growing internationalization of solidarity movements, their outcomes and consequences.

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In defiance of narrow-minded theories in the social sciences--as well as repressive states--citizens around the world continue to take collective action to help others. People take risks on behalf of others less fortunate and try to make the world more just when it would be easier to do nothing. Marco Giugni and Florence Passy have assembled a thoughtful book that explains why, how, and when. This important book will redefine our thinking about self-interest and social movements.--David S. Meyer, University of California, Irvine

Prefacep. vii
Political Altruism and the Solidarity Movement: An Introductionp. 3
Do Unto Othersp. 27
National Dynamics
Dynamics of Commitment in the Sector Known as "Solidarity": Methodological Reflections Based on the Case of Francep. 51
Altruism in Voluntary Organizations: Mobilization and Transformation of Voluntary Action in Italyp. 67
Different Issues, Same Process: Solidarity and Ecology Movements in Switzerlandp. 87
Better Off by Doing Good: Why Antiracism Must Mean Different Things to Different Groupsp. 111
Political Opportunities for Altruism? The Role of State Policies in Influencing Claims-Making by British Antiracist and Pro-Migrant Movementsp. 133
Transnational Dynamics
Situational Effects on Political Altruism: The Student Divestment Movement in the United Statesp. 161
Mobilizing for International Solidarity: Mega-Events and Moral Crusadesp. 177
From Altruism to a New Transnationalism? A Look at Transnational Social Movementsp. 197
Solidarity Movement Organizations: Toward an Active Global Consciousness?p. 219
Concluding Remarks: Conceptual Distinctions for the Study of Political Altruismp. 235
Referencesp. 245
Indexp. 269
About the Contributorsp. 281
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ISBN: 9780847698813
ISBN-10: 0847698815
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 283
Published: 21st February 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.19  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.4

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