Community Projects as Social Activism: From Direct Action to Direct Services by Benjamin Shepard is an engaging and accessible work that will get today's students excited about the very real prospect of achieving lasting, positive change within their communities. It outlines a distinct approach to community practice born out of the intersection among social movements, day-to-day organizing, and the lessons of five decades of community change practices. This invaluable resource is a must-have for anyone involved in community organization, community health, and community activism practice research and policy.
Chapter 2: Activism in a Changing World: Looking Back to Move Forward
Activism in a Changing World: Looking Back to Move Forward
In the beginning of Chapter 1, we took a brief look at the present state of the world as a way to suggest the deep need for social activism. We spoke of the disparity of wealth and resources, of the isolation and alienation that seem to overwhelm our own sense of agency. How did we get here?
The Assault on the Poor
To understand the need for social activism in our contemporary world, it is informative to consider some of the recent history that has brought us to this place. In 1964, Herbert Marcuse alluded to a merging of mass media, corporate power, and the blurring of ...