This chapter is about theory of activism. You probably won't find much practical advice here, but you will learn the basic terminology about activism and other related concepts.
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To understand better what we mean with activism and why we are interested in it, we recommend you to read the following articles:
As an activist, there are probably lots of things that you would like to change. These theoretic concepts will help you understand better how different phenomena are connected.
We discuss terms that are frequently used in the context of change-making and investigate their meaning:
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Questions activist may have
What is activism?
What do theoretical concepts such as participatory democracy, peer to peer education etc mean?
How do activists understand justice and equality?
What are ethics?
What is diversity, equity and inclusivity and how are these concepts relevant to activists?
A list of relevant topics to this chapter
Critical theory, critical race theory, queer theory,, critical pedagogy
Feminism, gender equality, postcolonial feminism, feminist posthumanism
Environmentalism, eco-feminsm, ecology, climate justice, queer ecology.
social movement theory (revolutionary movements, reactionary movements, self-help movements, etc.)
anthropocentrism, non-human rights
bottom-up, top down
Art and activism, artivism, cultural activism, aesthetic approaches and visual identity, socially engaged practices, male gaze and other gazes.
Alternative building, regenerative culture, mutual aid, precarity and accountability
ecopsychology, climate anxiety, ecological grieve and hope
civil disobedience, violence, nonviolence
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