Social Change And Intersectional Activism: The Spirit of Social Movement

Hardcover | May 15, 2012

bySharon Doetsch-Kidder

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Social Change and Intersectional Activism: The Spirit of Social Movement finds in oral histories of 'intersectional activism' – activism that addresses multiple forms of oppression or discrimination (racism, classism, sexism, etc.) – narratives of love, faith, and joy that drive, guide, and sustain the practice of social change. Reading these texts in relation to feminist, queer, and race theory and Buddhist philosophy, Doetsch-Kidder argues that an understanding of spirit is crucial to explaining the power that social movements have to change hearts, minds, and social structures and to understanding the ways in which leaders of social change organizations influence others. Focusing on the best of what activists do, this project draws from their stories lessons and reminders about the pleasures and wonders of social change and the power of kindness and principled action in the face of injustice.

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Social Change and Intersectional Activism: The Spirit of Social Movement finds in oral histories of 'intersectional activism' – activism that addresses multiple forms of oppression or discrimination (racism, classism, sexism, etc.) – narratives of love, faith, and joy that drive, guide, and sustain the practice of social change. Readin...

Sharon Doetsch-Kidder is an independent scholar based in the Washington, DC area. She completed her PhD in English and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:294 pages, 8.97 × 5.62 × 0.9 inPublished:May 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230117279

ISBN - 13:9780230117273

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Loving Criticism: A Spiritual Philosophy of Social Change * Love: Activist motivations * Faith: Connecting activist beliefs and methods * Joy: Activist pleasures

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"Social change is not possible without love. This book translates the voices, stories, philosophies and body-mind-emotions of advocates for social love, from Gloria Anzaldua to Che Guevara." - Chela Sandoval, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of Methodology of the Oppressed"Social Change and Intersectional Activism testifies to spiritual activism's transformational potential and radical possibilities for the 21st century. Doetsch-Kidder reminds us of the crucial role Spirit plays in progressive social/environmental justice work." - AnaLouise Keating, author of Teaching Transformation: Transcultural Classroom Dialogues