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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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In that performative space, they were contributing to cultural preservation and activistic mobility by remembering loss precisely by transcending it as incorporated into their relational sociality.
Due to its preference for an activistic and aggressive transformation of environmental objects, it has become able to produce its basic elements itself.
196) and "whether racism appears as a natural result of catastrophe or as the conscious instrument for bringing it about, it is always tied to contempt for labor, hatred of territorial limitation, general rootlessness, and an activistic faith in one's own divine chosenness" (p.
However, the Board has also adopted a more activistic posture in its relationship with the academic processes at the universities.
The FTC has demonstrated a dramatically more activistic antitrust enforcement lately," says Giblen.
Ethical production is not an abstract set of formal and external values, nor only activistic militant involvement into a political fight or process.
This shift is part of a radical revision of the strongly activistic rhetoric of Being and Time in favor of the quietism of Heidegger's later period.
Thus, a 1942 characterization of the typical Russian Jewish emigrant as an "enterprising, activistic person with a strong individualistic attitude" is juxtaposed to a 1928 study that saw "the hunted look of the Pale" borne by Jews whose emigration was motivated by a flight from "conditions which threatened life itself" Similarly, the author claims that the economic changes brought about by the Soviet regime were "disastrous for the Jews" only to show later how Jews benefitted from the growth of the Soviet economy (50).