Why do activists need theory?
Cox, Laurence and Nilsen, Alf Gunvald (2005) Why do activists need theory? Euromovements Newsletter .
In this paper, we retrace in concepts a path that weâve followed in the experience and practice of our own lives: from activism to theory, and back again to activism, now understood in a new light. Like many people, weâve found ourselves moving towards activism as we discovered the boundaries that our kind of societies place in the way of living fully human lives. Over time, we found ourselves asking broader questions of the world and ourselves than could be answered within the activist frameworks we had available to us at the time, and moved to draw on the theoretical resources of the past, specifically Marxism. We are now moving back towards activism, through our own participation and through social movements research. In this paper we want to see what we can bring back from our theorizing that will help us and other activists in our practice.
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