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Foundations of Health Activism
Foundations of health activism
Activism

Activism is action on behalf of a cause, action that goes beyond what is conventional or routine (Martin, 2007). What constitutes activism depends therefore on what is ‘conventional’ as any action is relative to others used by individuals, groups and organisations in society. For example, where free speech is respected and protected, posting an email complaining about the government is a routine occurrence. But in an oppressive political system such an action might be seen as subversive and punishable. Likewise, singing in a choir is not activism, but singing as a protest, for example in a prison, can be. Activist actions must therefore go beyond conventional behaviour. However, in practice, organisations employ a combination of both conventional and ...

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