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Student Activism

Student activism describes a wide range of activities organized by young people in educational settings with the intent of some form of social, political, or ecological change. There is no distinct and rigidly defined field of study encompassed by this description; rather, the definitions for both the categories of student and activism are highly flexible and vary greatly between contexts. For example, in traditional public school settings, student most often refers to children from elementary school age to 12th grade. In community and political organizations, student members may range from 15 to 29 years old. Some of the difficulty in defining the student/youth category more narrowly relates to an interaction of overlapping generational, institutional, and economic factors.

Increases in college and university tuition have generated student ...

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