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Psychosocial Intervention

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PASTOR VERDU, Jaime. The social movements: Of the critic of modernity to the denunciation of the globalizacion. Psychosocial Intervention [online]. 2006, vol.15, n.2, pp.133-147. ISSN 1132-0559.

The social movements have a very long history but their analysis as cultural, social and political actors is relatively new. Their specificity as different of parties, interest groups or Non Governmental Organisations has been very controverted. Nevertheless, there is a large consensus on the relevance, among these movements, of the features of challenge, collective action, conflict, will of change, lasting organisation and repertory of actions mainly unconventional. All these traits help to build a collective identity, always in process of renegotiation, based in the denunciation of some injustice and trying to change the political agenda and the dominant "common sense", at least, in some sphere of the life. This paper offers an analysis of the evolution of the "new" social movements and their critique of Modernity, the institutional politics and the welfare state and, after the changes in the nineties of the past century, an interpretation of the development of "very new" global social movements in a very different context of neoliberal "globalisation" and crisis of the welfare state.

Palabras clave : Colective action; Politics; Changing values; Globalisation; Participative democracy.

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