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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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Chapter 5, "Struggles and Strategies," discusses the history of social activism in Africa and recommends strategies for economic and social change, including the value of public health campaigns in advancing human rights for all persons.
As she embraces social activism in regards to class distinction and gender equality, Helen M.
We have had several examples of youth involvement in social activism. With the youth power being inevitably stressed as that vital clog for the necessary changes in modern outlook, millions of young people around the world participate in social activism that is organized, informed, led and assessed by the adults.
This house also represents the public face of Gordon, who for 23 years used it as a manse from which he pursued parish duties and social activism.
Fethullah Gulen and the supporters of the movement inspired by him presenting a new kind of social activism with a deeper sense of spirituality and altruism.
But students in Chile have taken to "spontanious" dance as their tool of social activism.
Impressionable Xan, desperate for approval, follows Harry as he takes his social activism too far.
The goal of ABV is not to become the newest political party in Bulgaria, but rather to create a network of social activism and leadership, explained Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov.
This major step in the legal recognition of LGBT rights is a result of intense political, academic and social activism. In the first stage, slow but effective activism led to the recognition of same-sex civil unions.
Taking a detour from the usual Kennedy family pastimes such as politics and social activism, Robert F.
They are distinguished most by a change in culture through political and social activism. But, like the proverbial often neglected 'middle child,' they have rarely been noted as having an identity of their own, although they are different in many ways from the Oldest and Youngest Boomers."
Friday's highlights were again Azmi and Bose, who dominated discussions on ' social activism in the arts' along with Alka Pande of the Habitat Centre and French novelist Catherine Clement.