The Activist Professional: Advocacy and scholarship

Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research Limited
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Third Sector Review, 2013, 19 (2), pp. 119 - 134
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This paper examines the activities and motivations of activist academics who choose to engage in teaching and research programs that are community-based and that, at their core, seek to contribute to the public good by building cohesive and vibrant civic societies. We discuss several cases studies that highlight the motivations of activist academics, exploring key questions of their life politics and their relationships with the academy. We consider how the work of activist academics may be at odds with the expectations of the academy, and consider the implications of this for an approach to higher education that aims to create decent world citizens
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