Learning from Greenpeace: Activist Habitus in a Local Struggle
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Learning from Greenpeace: Activist Habitus in a Local Struggle

  • Author(s): Alam, Meredian
  • Nilan, Pam
  • Leahy, Terry
  • et al.
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Abstract

This paper traces the onto-genesis of a specific environmental campaign in Indonesia. A highly effective struggle to save the local city forest was instigated by young activists in Bandung who had previously been involved with Greenpeace Indonesia. The data comes from interviews, a focus group and ethnographic fieldwork. The paper illustrates the point that when youth get involved in a highly structured environmental protest movement like Greenpeace, the skills, network resources and confidence they gain there can later be deployed to great advantage in a local conservation campaign. That phenomenon can be understood using the notion of radical habitus derived from the theoretical work of Pierre Bourdieu.

 

Keywords: youth, activism, radical habitus, Greenpeace

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