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  When Ignoring the News and Going Hiking Can Help You Save the World: Environmental Activist Strategies for Persistence

Driscoll, D. (2020). When Ignoring the News and Going Hiking Can Help You Save the World: Environmental Activist Strategies for Persistence. Sociological Forum, 35(1), 189-206. doi:10.1111/socf.12573.

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Driscoll, Daniel1, 2, Author           
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1Projekte von Gastwissenschaftlern und Postdoc-Stipendiaten, MPI for the Study of Societies, Max Planck Society, ou_1214554              
2Department of Sociology, University of California, San Diego, USA, ou_persistent22              

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Free keywords: burnout; environmental activism; persistence; self-care; social movements; strategy
 Abstract: Social movement research has long examined why activists persist. Little attention has been paid, however, to how persistent environmental activists use personalized strategies to cope with challenges. This article draws on data from 30 in‐depth interviews with long‐term environmental activists to shed light on this understudied phenomenon. The interviewees point to a number of strategies they use to mitigate the challenges they experience in their activism:(1) they have a self‐care practice, primarily in the form of spending time in nature; (2) they adopt various personalized orientations, such as bracketing or ignoring structural environmental challenges, focusing on what they can control, deciding that they have no choice but to persist, focusing on long‐term outcomes, and being realistic about the possibilities of change; and (3) they integrate work, activism, and life balance by shaping their careers and sense of life purpose around the environment. The article concludes with a discussion of whether these strategies are generalizable beyond the environmental movement.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2019-12-182020
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1111/socf.12573
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Title: Sociological Forum
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 35 (1) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 189 - 206 Identifier: ISSN: 0884-8971
ISSN: 1573-7861