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Claims-making and Morality: The Case of Hungarian Solidarity Movements
Claims-making and Morality: The Case of Hungarian Solidarity Movements

Author(s): Dániel Mikecz
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Social Sciences
Published by: Masarykova univerzita
Keywords: social movements; solidarity movements; political altruism; claims making, East Central Europe; Hungary

Summary/Abstract: The paper investigates the moral element of the claims-making process in the case of solidarity movements. The question is how claims are made and articulated if the claimants do not seek direct benefits but refer to moral principles. The paper answers the research question by identifying the role of morality on three levels of two Hungarian solidarity movements’ praxis: goals, forms and means of mobilization; hence, the issues, the forms and frames of solidarity movements’ claims making. According to the data, organizations helping refugees stand closer to voluntary organizations of political altruism than to the politically motivated solidarity movements. The data also demonstrate that established solidarity movements use a medley of policy reasoning and morally justified action. New, emerging solidarity movements can rely on morality claims when they wish to supplement their lack of expertise or resources.

  • Issue Year: XXVII/2020
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 140-157
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: English