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ERIC Number: EJ1077522
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1946
"Frayed All Over:" the Causes and Consequences of Activist Burnout among Social Justice Education Activists
Gorski, Paul C.; Chen, Cher
Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, v51 n5 p385-405 2015
Despite the growing body of scholarship on burnout among social justice activists who are working on a variety of issues, from labor rights to queer justice, little attention has been paid to burnout among those whose activism focuses on issues of educational justice. To begin to address this omission and understand what supports might help social justice education activists mitigate burnout and sustain their activism, we analyzed interview data from 14 activists focused on activist burnout and its implications on movements for educational justice. This analysis identified 3 major symptom categories of activist burnout and we gained insights into the "culture of martyrdom" in social justice education movements. These symptoms and the culture of martyrdom, by negatively impacting the health and sustainability of activists, threaten the efficiency and effectiveness of educational justice movements.
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Language: English
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