Peace marches, protest demonstrations and campaigns for or against every cause imaginable have long been part of the Australian social and political landscape. This lively book blends the voices and experiences of insiders involved in particular causes with a bigger picture that analyses successes and failures, communication of ideas and social and political impacts. It features fascinating interviews with some of Australia's best-known activists from the environmental, women's, peace, student, refugee and Aboriginal movements. With passion and insight, these people articulate their unique form of 'practical knowledge'. ""Activist Wisdom"" connects this knowledge to key social movement histories and theories, providing an insight into the world of activism and the tensions that are an inevitable part of most social movements. ""Activist Wisdom"" is a landmark contribution to our understanding of contemporary social movements in Australia and elsewhere.
Sarah Maddison is a lecturer in Australian Politics at UNSW. A passionate believer in the possibility of social justice and social change, she has been politically active since she was a teenager. For the last 10 years Sarah has been active in the Australian women's movement and is currently a national media spokesperson for the Women's Electoral Lobby. Sean Scalmer is a lecturer in Sociology at Macquarie University. He has been researching class, social movements, non-violence and intellectuals in Britain and Australia for more than ten years. UNSW Press published his book on protest and the media, Dissent Events, in 2002. Since 1996, Sean has worked on the radical magazine of culture and politics, Overland.
Biographies of interviewees; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part One: Theory and knowledge; Chapter 1: Theory and history; Chapter 2: Practical knowledge; Part Two: Movement tensions; Chapter 3: Expressive and instrumental; Chapter 4: Organisation and democracy; Chapter 5: Unity and difference; Chapter 6: Reform and revolution; Chapter 7: Local and global; Chapter 8: Redistribution and recognition; Chapter 9: Counter-public and the mainstream; Chapter 10: Hope and despair.