|Chapter title||Activism: Activist Identities beyond Social Movements|
|Editors||Ballard, Richard and Barnett, Clive|
This chapter considers activism both as a set of practices and an identity. It critiques the contentious politics framing of activism for being too narrowly focused on protest and for treating activists as rational actors. The chapter argues that feminist and queer concepts of activism open up spaces to consider activism and activists in complex and multiple ways, engaging with cultural, affective, and transformational activist praxes. Conceptualising being an activist as a proclaimed and acknowledged identity poses questions for where the boundaries of this identity exist, what forms activism takes place in the ‘everyday’ and how activist identity can change over time and context. Drawing from case studies that intersect with race and racism, the chapter then considers the changing spaces for activism, including the web, and the challenges for researchers when engaging with regressive activism.
|Book title||The Routledge Handbook of Social Change|
|Published||30 Sep 2022|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351261562-26|
|Web address (URL)||https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351261562-26|