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Creating social activists: the emotional dynamics of bringing the political into the personal

Title
Creating social activists: the emotional dynamics of bringing the political into the personal
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Professor Deb King # Flinders University; Introduced by: Dr Mary Holmes # University of Edinburgh; Hosted by: Sociology # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
12th Oct 2016 11:00 - 12th Oct 2016 12:00
Location
1st floor practice suite (CMB 1.12)
URL
http://www.sociology.ed.ac.uk/events2/seminar_series/2016_2017/creating_social_activists_the_emotional_dynamics_of_bringing_the_political_into_the_personal

Examining how (rather than why) everyday people become social activists provides insights into the emotionality of not only the personal process, but of bringing about social change.  Through interviews conducted with 20 activists in Australia, I examine the emotional dynamics involved in being a long-term activist. I demonstrate that emotions are central to the reflexive practices that activists engage in to bring about social change, and that these ongoing reflexive practices were aimed at developing a critical self – one who could increasingly recognise and resist oppressive power relations in the constructions of self and society.

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