On SAGE Insight: Contemporary Student Engagement: The ‘‘slacktivism’’ trend

Article title: “I Wouldn’t Classify Myself as an Activist” – Reflections on Studying Contemporary Student Engagement

From Humanity & Society

We may see a trend of ‘‘slacktivism’’ that frames today’s students as weakly ‘‘liking’’ causes or ‘‘tweeting’’ support through social media. This research analyzes how current students in the United States perceive and participate in action on college campuses.

The students interviewed in this study are passionate and engaged, albeit not in ways that scholars have typically regarded as activism. Sociologists need to assess what students are doing and saying to understand their worlds. Examining cultures of meaning concerning student action promises not just to enrich scholarly research on contemporary social movements but also to inform how a range of courses are taught, and signals directions for advocates to engage more people in their work on campuses.

Abstract

Looking beyond the increasingly common trope of ‘‘slacktivism’’ that frames students as weakly ‘‘liking’’ causes or ‘‘tweeting’’ support through social media, our research analyzes how current students in the United States perceive and participate in action on college campuses. This action note reflects on three insights our research yields about contemporary student engagement: their ambivalence about embracing an ‘‘activist’’ label, their disinclination for direct action, and their thoughtful approach to digital tools. Complicating the view that college students are apathetic or disengaged, we find that students continue to be passionate and engaged, perhaps just not in ways that scholars of social movements might anticipate.

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“I Wouldn’t Classify Myself as an Activist” – Reflections on Studying Contemporary Student Engagement
Hailey Chalhoub, Domenique Ciavattone, Christopher Wetzel
DOI: 10.1177/0160597616639711
Issue published: August 1, 2017
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