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Civic LaborsScholar Activism and Working-Class Studies$
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Dennis Deslippe, Eric Fure-Slocum, and John W. Mckerley

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040498

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040498.001.0001

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Encountering Conflict, Power, and Hope

Encountering Conflict, Power, and Hope

On the Front Line

(p.37) Introduction To Part I Encountering Conflict, Power, and Hope
Civic Labors

John Williams-Searle

University of Illinois Press

This section raises questions about the possibilities and problems arising from engaged scholarship. It examines the opportunities and challenges posed by political and civic involvement that take place both outside and inside of academia, often during particular moments of stress or crisis. The contributors argue that history can inspire activism, lay the groundwork for social justice struggles, and link different movements united by common concerns or strategies. Although the working class and social justice allies remain a heterogeneous group, recognizing elements of a shared history allows us to imagine a broader, more hopeful, and vibrant movement well positioned to counter injustice collectively. The contributors also consider how best to bring their training and resources as academics to bear on social problems or causes of social justice. This section shows that academics and activists can form a potent partnership, sometimes bringing together disparate groups and inspiring them to tackle social, economic, and political injustices.

Keywords:   engaged scholarship, political involvement, civic involvement, academia, activism, social justice, working class, social problems, academics, activists

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