Political Altruism? Solidarity Movements in International Perspective

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-02-28
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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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. 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 U.S., while also examining the growing internationalization of solidarity movements, their outcomes, and consequences.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Part I Introduction
Political Altruism and the Solidarity Movement: An Introduction
Florence Passy
Do Unto Others
Charles Tilly
Part II National Dynamics
Dynamics of Commitment in the Sector Known as ``Solidarity'': Methodological Reflections Based on the Case of France
Olivier Fillieule
Altruism in Voluntary Organizations: Mobilization and Transformation of Voluntary Action in Italy
Costanzo Ranci
Different Issues, Same Process: Solidarity and Ecology Movements in Switzerland
Florence Passy
Marco Giugni
Better Off by Doing Good: Why Antiracism Must Mean Different Things to Different Groups
Ruud Koopmans
Political Opportunities for Altruism? The Role of State Policies in Influencing Claims-Making by British Antiracist and Pro-Migrant Movements
Paul Statham
Part III Transnational Dynamics
Situational Effects on Political Altruism: The Student Divestment Movement in the United States
Sarah A. Soule
Mobilizing for International Solidarity: Mega-Events and Moral Crusades
Christian Lahusen
From Altruism to a New Transnationalism? A Look at Transnational Social Movements
Ivana Eterovic
Jackie Smith
Solidarity Movement Organizations: Toward an Active Global Consciousness?
Simone Baglioni
Concluding Remarks Conceptual Distinctions for the Study of Political Altruism
Marco Giugni
References 245(24)
Index 269(12)
About the Contributors 281

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