The accidental activist: Activism, community and social change

Tracey Ollis researched how adult activists learn to become more expert through socialisation in a ‘community of practice’. This article focuses on ’emancipatory learning, radical adult education and popular education. Tracey focuses on the differences and similarities between ‘circumstantial activists’; those activists who have come to activism because of a series of life circumstances, and ‘lifelong activists’; those activists who have maintained a commitment to social and political activism over a long period of time. She analyses these activists’ commitment to the communities in which they are involved with and will reveal that activists are indeed holistic practitioners.

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