ERIC Number: EJ1076668
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Relieving Burnout and the "Martyr Syndrome" among Social Justice Education Activists: The Implications and Effects of Mindfulness
Gorski, Paul C.
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v47 n4 p696-716 Nov 2015
Activist burnout, which causes activists to disengage from their activism, is a formidable barrier to the sustainability of social justice movements, including those focused on social justice in educational contexts. However, the cultures of these movements often disregard the importance of self-care, seeing it as self-indulgence, putting activists at even higher risks of burnout. In this study, one of the first to assess the impact of specific self-care strategies on activist burnout, data from interviews with 14 social justice education activists are analyzed in order to uncover how they used mindfulness practices such as yoga, tai-chi, and meditation to cope with burnout. The analysis revealed a variety of ways in which mindfulness mitigated their burnout experiences. It revealed, as well, a shared perception that, beyond helping to sustain their activism, mindfulness made them more effective activists.
Descriptors: Activism, Social Justice, Burnout, Interviews, Metacognition, Physical Activities, Well Being
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