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ERIC Number: EJ921863
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1746-1979
Displacing Activism? The Impact of International Service Trips on Understandings of Social Change
Cermak, Michael J.; Christiansen, Jonathan A.; Finnegan, Amy C.; Gleeson, Aideen P.; White, Shelley K.; Leach, Darcy K.
Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, v6 n1 p5-19 Mar 2011
This article reports key findings from in-depth interviews with undergraduate students returning from international service trips (ISTs). These interviews examined students' perceptions of social change activities and assessed students' affinity toward service and activism independently as well as the perceived relationship and interaction between the two. Using an identity project model, we argue that far from being complementary, service and activism may act as competing identities with service being preferred. We further argue that ISTs can incorporate and model a broader range of civic engagement activities to help students better understand the different approaches taken to enacting social change. In particular, we call for the deliberate incorporation of strategic activist skill-building, and discussions of the history and ideology of activism within ISTs. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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