The pedagogy of protest : learning through crisis and the case study of Terry Hicks

Ollis, Tracey 2011, The pedagogy of protest : learning through crisis and the case study of Terry Hicks, Illness, crisis, & loss, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 219-232, doi: 10.2190/IL.19.3.b.

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Title The pedagogy of protest : learning through crisis and the case study of Terry Hicks
Author(s) Ollis, TraceyORCID iD for Ollis, Tracey
Journal name Illness, crisis, & loss
Volume number 19
Issue number 3
Start page 219
End page 232
Total pages 14
Publisher Baywood Publishing
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1054-1373
Keyword(s) crisis and loss
emotions and learning
rapid learning
social activism
Summary This article explores the learning dimensions of circumstantial activists, activists who come to protest due to a significant life issue or crisis event, which has contributed to their motivation to campaign. The article is a case study of Terry Hicks who campaigned for more than 6 years to have his son released from Guantanamo Bay, a United States military prison in Cuba, for suspected terrorism. It outlines the learning dimensions of circumstantial activists as they participate in social change with particular reference to Terry's case and reveals that circumstantial activists' learning is fast paced and rapid. Responding to crisis and potential loss, circumstantial activists are frequently taken out of their comfort zones and on to a learning edge because they need to acquire new knowledge and skills very quickly in order to be effective as activists. The emotions are crucial to their motivation and desire to campaign and in Terry's case particularly because of his familial connection to his son David. As activists become more experienced they learn to "manage" their emotions. The article uncovers the community development skills and knowledge that is acquired by circumstantial activists as they learn mainly informally on the job of activism.
Language eng
DOI 10.2190/IL.19.3.b
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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