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How does change happen?
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Last update: Feb 22, 2023
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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.

๐Ÿง  This is a background chapter: At Activist Handbook, we focus on writing a practical guides for activists. Sometimes, theory is useful in explaining the emergence of the practices we write about in further chapters.

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About activism

To understand better what we mean with activism and why we are interested in it, we recommend you to read the following articles:

About demonstrations

Theoretical concepts

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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