chapter  2
26 Pages

Activism and Democracy (Politics)

Democracy is a form of government in which power is held “indirectly” by citizens in a free

electoral system. It is through the “indirect” that the ideologies of democracy, a system of “rule

by the governed,” become blurred and ambiguous, creating exclusivity and the dichotomy us/

them. With the activist, power struggles are questioned. Through their dissent, the activist is

able to attain and retain freedoms and liberties, making the ideologies of democracy adaptable

and amendable to new ways of thinking and governing. Activism is essential to democratic

citizenship; without it, democracy would become a static system incapable of looking to the

future for change. In this chapter, students will gain a deep understanding of activism and the

changing strategies artists and activists have used in bearing witness to the events and issues of

their time.