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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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Lately a number of journalists and social activists have either been arrested or threatened to stop their activities.
We were not even informed that the inauguration was being held today ( Monday)," said social activist Suhas Borker, convener of the Citizens' Committee for Durgabai Deshmukh.
The four fold typology that he has developed is a useful pedagogical tool that may be used by educators, religious and political leaders and social activists who are interested in social justice issues.
This book is the fruit of the encounter of these two contemplative social activists at that time and place.
"But young people are also using the Internet these days to register to vote, to debate issues of war and peace, even to become social activists," she says.
This website will be useful for social activists interested in expanding their breadth of knowledge on international institutions and how they are connected.
Von Frank measures these men according to what they accomplished as political, legal, and social activists. It would make sense to apply these different standards to reassessments of the major writers of the American Renaissance, most of whom claim to be social critics.
It is a strange anomaly: All of the reports on the huge, unmet need of affordable housing throughout the country, as detailed recently in The New York Times, has produced total silence from the usual alliance of housing advocates, developers and social activists. Why is this so?
"Proxy resolutions [made as a shareholder] open the door to corporate management - reaching private-sector opinion-makers otherwise inaccessible to social activists," say Domini and Kinder.
Wilentz determined that because shopping malls played such an enormous role in the decline of downtown areas, they now have an obligation to provide a forum for social activists. The chief justice dismissed the delineation between private and public property as an anachronism.
And in the artistic arena, except in the paradigmatic case of Pepe Espaliu, practically no artist has dealt with these issues--not even, and this is most sobering, those artists or groups of artists who define themselves as social activists. What a strange way to carry out a sociopolitical engagement.
Early in this book is a passage from the playwright George Bernard Shaw: "Life is no brief candle to me; it is a sort of bright torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations." For him, the alternative was to be "a feverish selfish clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy." Thus we might describe the two paths taken by many social activists today.

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