Activism: Activist Identities beyond Social Movements

Daniel Conway 2022. Activism: Activist Identities beyond Social Movements. in: Ballard, Richard and Barnett, Clive (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Social Change Routledge. pp. 279-291

Chapter titleActivism: Activist Identities beyond Social Movements
AuthorsDaniel Conway
EditorsBallard, Richard and Barnett, Clive
Abstract

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
Page range279-291
Year2022
PublisherRoutledge
Publication dates
Published30 Sep 2022
ISBN9781351261562
9780815365471
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351261562-26
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351261562-26

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