Activating Activists: Practicing Social Change in Prison Classes

Justin M. Smith, Elizabeth A. Bradshaw

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The purpose of this chapter is to demonstrate the pedagogical and practical importance of learning skills around political advocacy and community engagement in prison-based classes. The primary focus of the exercises described here is upon engaging students in exercises that develop their skills in advocating for social policies that affect them directly. Learning objectives include understanding the challenges of community organizing and consensus-building, developing policy proposal- and grant-writing skills, and developing skills around public messaging.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Anthology on Citizen Engagement and Activism for Social Change
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781668437070
ISBN (Print)9781668437063
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


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