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By Alberto Melucci

Alberto Melucci brings an unique point of view to analyze on collective motion, emphasizing the position of tradition and making telling connections with the event of the person in postmodern society. the point of interest is at the position of knowledge in an international either fragmented and globalized, and themes addressed comprise political clash, feminism, ecology, identification politics, energy and inequality. The publication builds at the author's Nomads of the current (1989), and is a better half quantity to The enjoying Self (CUP, 1996).

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They are as follows: 1 Some collective phenomena involve solidarity, that is, the ability of actors to recognize others, and to be recognized, as belonging to the same social unit. In other cases, collective action arises as an aggregation of atomized behaviours (Alberoni 1984). This latter orientation I will designate as aggregation: (a) Aggregative orientations do not involve solidarity and they only express spatio-temporal contiguity; (b) they can be broken down to the level of the individual without the loss of their morphological features; and (c) they are wholly oriented towards the outside rather than towards the group.

We can discriminate between sets of basic orientations of collective action that are helpful in establishing analytical distinctions among various kinds of behaviour. They are as follows: 1 Some collective phenomena involve solidarity, that is, the ability of actors to recognize others, and to be recognized, as belonging to the same social unit. In other cases, collective action arises as an aggregation of atomized behaviours (Alberoni 1984). This latter orientation I will designate as aggregation: (a) Aggregative orientations do not involve solidarity and they only express spatio-temporal contiguity; (b) they can be broken down to the level of the individual without the loss of their morphological features; and (c) they are wholly oriented towards the outside rather than towards the group.

Minimally, we must thus distinguish between (1) the system that ensures the production of a society's resources; (2) the system that makes decisions about the distribution of these resources; (3) the system of roles which governs the exchange and deployment of the latter; and (4) the lifeworld or the system of reproduction in everyday life: 1 The first of these systems consists of antagonistic relationships that comprise the production, appropriation, and allocation of a society's basic resources.

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