Sociology Index

Social Activism

Activism, Political Activism, Electronic Civil Disobedience, Hacktivism, Computerized Activism, Books on Activism

Social activism is an action with the goal to bring about social change. You are considered a social activist if you are working towards a social change. Social activist is anyone who is fighting for change in society. A student attending a rally for the right to free education, right to equality of opportunity and the right to equality of condition.

Social activist is a politician fighting against human rights abuses, environmental pollution in cities, or the right to free medical care for all. Social service such as helping the the homeless serves the needs of individuals and social activism addresses the root causes of social problems such as homelessness. Many professional and academic groups such as Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Union of Concerned Scientists are involved in social activism and political activism.

Social and Political Activism as Psychological Traits - William A. McConochie, Principal Investigator and David Leung, Secondary Investigator.
Social and political activism are measured with reliable scales of as few as five items. The relationships between these traits are explored, primarily in terms of the traits of "positive” and ”negative" activists. 27 percent of citizens report that their parent was an activist. 39 percent consider themselves to be social activists and 23 percent political activists.

These two types of activism are highly correlated. More persons describe themselves as constructive rather than destructive in their activism. Constructive activists tend to be higher on charitableness, positive foreign policy, agreeableness, openness, and extroversion. They tend to have a positive worldview. Negative activists tend to report criminal tendencies, lower conscientiousness, and humiliating experiences. The principle investigator has been puzzled over the nature of social and political activists for many reasons. Many professional and academic groups are active in social and political efforts, such as Physicians for Social Responsibility, Psychologists for Social Responsibility and the Union of Concerned Scientists.