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ERIC Number: ED052724
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jul
Pages: 45
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American Student Activism.
Lipset, Seymour Martin
Unlike the student protest movements of the 1930's, which were linked to adult political parties, the dominant ones of the present constitute a genuine youth rebellion. This is primarily due to a change in the political climate in the last 10 years, with emphasis shifting from events and threats from abroad to social ills at home. Student activism is generally a result of social discontent. Though a small minority, activist students have dominated the political tone of many campuses (they are characteristically from homes of liberal persuasion that are relatively well to do). Once activated, student groups can play a major role in mobilizing public opinion. The factors that motivate students to action are those frustrating elements in the student role. Students are by occupation a marginal group: they are in a period of transition with no specific social or occupational role, often dependent on their parents, and in an environment that is full of tension and primarily idealistic. Involvement in university life and often the political traditions and image of the institution itself make politics a particularly critical source of self-expression. The changing faculty role has helped create a climate of opinion that presses students to the left, and because of fewer commitments students are more available for new political movements. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.