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Artistic/cultural performance). Donatella della Porta 33 and civil disobedience (especially widespread in France and Spain). The creative and symbolic side of collective action is highly valued by most groups: almost two-thirds of our organizations engage in artistic and cultural performances (especially in southern European countries and the UK). In some countries the strike is still limited to groups organizing workers, while in others (for example, Italy and Spain) it has spread from the trade union sector to the social movement sector.
The purpose of the GJM is ‘to struggle against neo-liberal globalization and propose an alternative globalization based upon the respect of human rights for all’ (Agir Ici, the French branch of Oxfam), as it is a ‘movement that starts from the citizens’ (Centre d’études et d’initiatives de solidarité internationale – CEDETIM), a ‘world citizens’ movement’ (Centre de Recherche et d’Information pour le Développement – CRID). Civil rights are stressed, also, by gay associations. ’ Second, social issues are mentioned, in one way or another, by most respondents.
1). As many as about 80 per cent answered that they identiﬁed fully, while only very few groups (less than 10 per cent) did not perceive themselves as being part of the movement or did not have a shared view on the question. The expression of a sense of belonging to the movement is all the more relevant since, among the organizations who declared feeling part of the movement, there are very different types of groups: from NGOs to political parties, from unions to more typical ‘new social movement’ organizations.
Democracy in Social Movements by Donatella della Porta (eds.)