Sociology Index

Activism

 

Activism is a policy of vigorous action both social and political. Modern youth are less involved in political activism and social activism. Activism is protest or dissent and can have many political colors. Activism can bring about social change and political change. There are many new terms like Electronic Civil Disobedience, computerized activism and Hacktivism. Computerized activism started in the mid 1980s. The first version of PeaceNet appeared in early 1986. PeaceNet enabled political activists to communicate with one another across international borders with relative ease and speed.

 

Judicial Activism

Judicial Activism through judicial intervention has been actively and rapidly expanding through the device of public interest litigation. Judicial Activism refers to the action of the court in excess of, and beyond the power of judicial review. Judicial activism is gaining ground keeping pace with changing times providing relief is to the disadvantaged and downtroden citizens.

Environmental Activism And Environmental Movement

The radical environmental movement aspires to what scolar Christopher Manes calls "a new kind of environmental activism: iconoclastic, uncompromising, discontented with traditional conservation policy, at times illegal." Greenpeace and groups like Earth First! represent radical environmental activism.

Hacktivism vs. Cyberterrorism

Cyberterrorism, according to Denning, "covers politically motivated hacking operations intended to cause grave harm such as loss of life or severe economic damage." Cyberterrorism is a more severe form of hacktivism with the objective to cause more permanent damage.

Youth Activism Project - Youth Activism Project engages youth to make decisions and don the role of an activist.

The Politics of Transformation - Local Activism in the Peace and Environmental Movements. Zisk studies the group and movement successes both short-run and long-run, and activist group adaptations to change in the larger social and political world in light of political upheaval in Eastern Europe.

 

How Did Sarah Bagley Contribute to the Ten-Hour Movement in Lowell and How Did Her Labor Activism Flow into Other Reform Movements, 1836-1870? by Teresa Murphy and Thomas Dublin.

 

 

How Did Women Participate in the Underground Railroad? by Catherine Clinton.
Abstract: Women were highly visible in the abolitionist movement for three decades before the outbreak of the Civil War, and their activism has been well documented by historians. Less well-known was their participation in the underground railroad.

How Did the First Jewish Women's Movement Draw on Progressive Women's Activism and Jewish Traditions, 1893-1936? by Joyce Antler, Nina Schwartz, and Claire Uziel.

How Did Cross-Class Alliances Shape the 1910 Chicago Garment Workers' Strike?
by Karen Pastorello. Documents the activism of women strikers as they allied with the Chicago reform community during the 1910 Chicago Garment Workers' Strike.

How Did Suburban Development and Domesticity Shape Women's Activism in Queens, New York, 1945-1968? by Sylvie Murray. With the children and neighborhood needs as an excuse, women of the 1950s generation shaped an important episode in the history of women's activism.

How Did Diverse Activists in the Second Wave of the Women's Movement Shape Emerging Public Policy on Sexual Harassment? by Carrie N. Baker. A close look at the history of the emergence of sexual harassment activism reveals a diverse group of people involved in conceptualizing and theorizing sexual harassment, and creating legal prohibitions against it. Activists against sexual harassment approached the problem on three fronts.

American Indian Activism - American Indian Activism - Alcatraz to the Longest Walk
Edited by Troy Johnson, Joane Nagel, and Duane Champagne. - Provides extended background and historical analysis of the Alcatraz takeover and discusses its place in contemporary Indian activism.

Anspach Renee R., 1979, Political Activism Among the Disabled and Mental Patients, in “Social Science and Medicine”.

 

Black Pentecostal Activism

 

Understanding the "new" black Pentecostal activism: lessons from ecumenical urban ministries in Boston - Sociology of Religion, Spring, 1999 by Omar M. McRoberts
Sociologists of religion have argued for some time that churches representing theologically conservative faiths are least likely to engage in political and social activism. In the last three decades black Pentecostal churches, a most theologically conservative set of institutions, have become more involved in political and social activism.

BJS Online - Half-belief and the paradox of ritual instrumental activism: a theory of modern superstition - Colin Campbell - The fact that superstition persists in modern industrial societies is identified as a continuing problem for sociology. Recognizing the central importance of the value of instrumental activism in contemporary society and the tension that this necessarily creates in individuals where the 'rational' response is inactivity and resignedness. Addressing the distinctive features of modern superstition without the necessity of representing it as equivalent to magic or invoking a-historical theories of 'human nature'.