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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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Bridging Scholarship and Activism

Bridging Scholarship and Activism

Paths of Engagement

(p.193) Introduction to Part III Bridging Scholarship and Activism
Civic Labors

Kristen Anderson

University of Illinois Press

This section explores how public engagement influences scholarly careers and work. The contributors demonstrate a variety of approaches to combining scholarship and engagement. The first contributor describes the ways in which he was able to combine activism with his position as a labor historian at Georgetown University; the second considers the two-way relationship that can exist between scholarship and engagement; the third discusses the difficulties that disability and labor activists have faced when working together; and the fourth focuses on the synergy between scholarship and engagement. For each of these contributors, their engagement beyond a single scholarly field or the well-worn tracks of academic publishing and into the wider world has prompted fresh insights, reshaped research agendas, created institutions, and rejuvenated scholars' commitments. Taken together, their insights illustrate both the challenges of engaged scholarship as well as the substantial gains for both research and activism from such collaborations.

Keywords:   public engagement, scholarly career, activism, activists, engaged scholarship, research

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