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activism

active involvement as a member of a POLITICAL PARTY, PRESSURE GROUP, or related political organization, e.g. a ‘trades union activist’. Theories and research concerned with political activism suggest that the tendency is for activists generally to be of higher social status, more socially confident and often better informed than most nonactivists. Levels of political activism also vary according to political circumstances. For example, in times of political crisis many people may be drawn into politics who would not normally be politically active. Some theorists, especially in POLITICAL SCIENCE (e.g. LIPSET, 1959), have suggested that in Western societies, in such circumstances, high levels of political activity and less informed participants may pose a threat to the 'S tability of democracy’. More generally, however, increased participation in politics by members of lower status minority groups (e.g. new URBAN SOCIAL MOVEMENTS) is regarded as a favourable development. See also POLITICAL PARTICIPATION, OPINION LEADERS, TWOSTEP FLOW IN MASS COMMUNICATIONS, STABLE DEMOCRACY, SOCIAL MOVEMENTS.
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Those were identified as political activism who were using social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace etc.
This political activism ceased almost completely in the late '80s and has never recovered since.
Upon this theoretical framework, the author constructs a narrative in which racial identity and political activism are not necessarily mutually exclusive.
In Josephine Meckseper's second solo exhibition in New York, two mirrored cubes placed in the center of the gallery reflected not only the viewer but also copious amounts of ephemera relating to the worlds of high-end commerce and political activism.
Wang's political activism "began at school during the Cultural Revolution, when he was denounced for saying that Chairman Mao had both good and bad aspects," relates the Telegraph.
The next three decades were as productive as the preceding one as Oscar immersed himself in political activism against the war in Vietnam; collaborated with musicians from all over the world, including Brazil; continued to write provocative lyrics and plays; and expanded his exposure through appearances in films and on television.
So many other things make up who I am like my dancing, my age, my political activism, where I'm from," says Grillo, a double major in dance and sociology/anthropology at Virginia's Randolph-Macon Woman's College.
Wilson writes as if he believes that good science will stimulate political activism, Ward as if political activism will stimulate good science.
Land Of Orange Groves And Jails: Upton Sinclair's California assembles fifty years of these writings: plays, articles and essays demonstrate his political activism and his controversial impressions of the area.
Forman continued his political activism despite his illness.
When attempts to legalize gay "marriage" through the courts failed, advocates launched a campaign of cultural and political activism.
New legal provisions were introduced which widen the ability of unions to expel people for political activism contrary to their rules.

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