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The Future Role of Health Activism
The future role of health activism

In this book I have defined activism as action on behalf of a cause, action that goes beyond what is conventional or routine, relative to actions used by others in society (Martin, 2007). Health activism involves a challenge to the existing order whenever it is perceived to lead to a social injustice or health inequality and uses a range of tactics that vary according to the function, structure and purpose of those trying to redress the imbalance of power that has created the situation in the first place. Historically, there are examples of how health activism has helped people to take more control of their lives but there are constraints on its use in ...

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