Journey into Social Activism: Qualitative Approaches

Journey into Social Activism: Qualitative Approaches

by Joshua D. Atkinson


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Academic study of social activism and social movements has become increasingly prevalent over the years; this is due in large part to the fact that activists have captured public imagination and gained substantial influence in political discourse. For instance, Occupy Wall Street activists, Tea Party activists, and activists affiliated with the Arab Spring have transformed political debates and have become the focus of mainstream news media coverage about a variety of different political topics.

Journey into Social Activism explicates the philosophical foundations of the study of activism and illustrates four different research sites in which activism can be observed and studied: organizations, networks, events, and alternative media. The book will introduce students and scholars to important qualitative approaches to the study of social activism within these four research sites, which is based entirely on successful research projects that have been conducted and published in recent years. Ultimately, this book will prove integral to any students and scholars who wish to use qualitative methods for their research endeavors concerning social activism in contemporary society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823274147
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 02/01/2017
Series: Donald McGannon Communication Research Center's Everett C. Parker Book Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Joshua Atkinson is an Associate Professor in the School of Media & Communication at Bowling Green State University.

Table of Contents


PART I research foundations
1. The Study of Social Activism
2. Research Methodologies
3. Qualitative Methods

PART II research sites
4. Activist Organizations
5. Activist Networks
6. Activist Events
7. Alternative Media
Concluding Remarks

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