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In an era of corporate media and “alternative facts”, academics committed to justice cannot simply rely on disseminating new knowledge, but must step out of the ivory tower and enter the streets as activists. The Activist Academic serves as a guide for merging activism into academia.
Following the journey of two professors, the book offers stories, frameworks and methods for how scholars can marry their academic selves—involved in scholarship, teaching and service—with their activist commitments to justice, while navigating the lived realities of raising families and navigating office politics. This volume invites academics across disciplines to enter into a dialogue about how to take knowledge to the streets.
Perfect for courses in: Higher Education and Society; Foundations of Higher Education; Legal Issues in Higher Education; College Student Development Theory; Academic Issues in Higher Education.
Joseph L. DeVitis and Pietro A. Sasso
Part One: Contexts, Conditions, and Struggles
1. The Promise and Struggles of Campus-Based Student Activism
Cassie L. Barnhardt
2. Communication, Dialogue, and Student Activism
3. Social Media: Changing Activism for Better or for Worse
4. Social Media and Student Activism: Transformative Moments in Recent History
5. Freedom of Speech on the Contemporary Campus: A Bridge over Troubled Waters or a Highway to Hell?
Dennis E. Gregory
6. Debating Equality, Neoliberalism, Normativity, and Campus Rhetoric
7. Thinking Beyond Political Correctness
Part Two: Identity, Political Formation, and Promise
8. The Shift from Internationalism to Identity Politics: From Our Oppressions to My Oppression
Michael Soldatenko and Eric Margolis
9. The Legacy of the Campus Living Wage Movement
Ashton R. Cooper and J. Patrick Biddix
10. Women’s Issues and Student Protest
11. Peter Pan Is White Boy Wasted: The Wanderlust of College Men in Protest
Pietro A. Sasso
12. Navigating the Complex Realities of Campus-Based Sexual Violence: Activism and Resistance
Marvette C. Lacy and Terah J. Stewart
13. Black Student Activism: Ongoing Paradoxes and Past Struggles in Higher Education
Victoria K. Malaney Brown
14. Latinx Student Activism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
Ebelia Hernández and Roberto Orozco
15. Maintaining Equity: Queer Student Community Improvement: Work, Precarity, and Compensation
Cris Mayo, with Joshua Stuart
16. College Students with Disabilities and Their Activism
J. Mark Pousson and Karen A. Myers
“This insightful volume illustrates the sweep of campus activism, spanning the complex issues of race, gender, identity politics, political correctness, and the ubiquity of social media as their main theater. In a political age in search of a compelling narrative for an inclusive democratic ideal, this provocative book captures the diverse voices of student activism.”Richard Guarasci, President of Wagner College and Chair of the National Board of Directors of The Association of American Colleges and Universities
“DeVitis and Sasso have brought together an admirable compilation of diverse scholars and student activists who explore historical and contemporary approaches to campus activism. The authors quickly push beyond the charity model of doing good for “them” as an objectified group outside of one's self. Instead, they create ways in which an 'I' viewpoint intersects with 'we' perspectives across various identities. Taken together, their model can help us work toward a stronger, more diverse, democracy through campus activism. This is an important book for campus administrators, faculty, and students who seek to provide engaged environments by enabling us to better understand mindful, reflective activism while analyzing such significant themes as social media, sexual violence, neoliberalism, community improvement and beyond.”Penny A. Pasque, Professor and Department Head of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development North Carolina State University