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Activism and Social Justice

The National Communication Association’s (NCA) Activism and Social Justice Division promotes scholarship (both research and teaching) that explores relationships among communication, activism, and social justice. Activism means engaging in direct, vigorous action to support or oppose one side of a controversial issue. In this case, that activism is directed toward social justice, in which people have their human rights and freedoms respected, receive equitable treatment with regard to opportunities and resources, and are not discriminated against because of their class, gender, race, sexual orientation, and similar identity markers. Communication activism for social justice, thus, means engaging in communicative practices to promote social justice; accordingly, activism and social justice communication scholarship involves researching and teaching social justice activist communicative practices. This entry provides an overview of ...

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