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Do It Anyway : The New Generation of Activists (Paperback) (Courtney E. Martin)
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Martin presents profiles of eight Americans under the age of thirty-five who have taken the cultural dictum "save the world" and made personal meaning out of the impossible task often set upon the shoulders of today's young people. Following key moments of their lives and world-saving activities, the author shows that the journey is personal, that the people are not perfect or superhuman, and that every little bit counts, and not only does it count, but it can make a difference in their own lives as well as in the lives of others. This work asks readers to step back from the "save the world" rhetoric and that of the "American Dream" and instead focus on small, realistic, telling and potentially life-changing things that may not single-handedly change the world, but which might be a step in the right direction. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
How a new generation of activists is changing the world 160;That age-old quest for meaningmdash;Who am I? What is my calling? How can I make the world better?mdash;is about to get a twenty-first-century makeover by one of the countryrsquo;s most widely read young writers on social change. Courtney E. Martin pursues the gritty truth about the complicated and challenging process of social change in contemporary America. 160;In Do It Anyway, Martin explores the lives and motivations of eight activistsmdash;not superhuman heroes, but ordinary young people searching for their own way to make a difference. Among others, we meet Raul Diaz, a prison re-entry social worker at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles; Nia Robinson, an African American climate-change activist in Washington, D.C.; Maricela Guzman of California, a former soldier fighting to end violence against women in the military; and Rosario Dawson, an actor struggling to use her celebrity for social change while staying authentic in her activism. 160;In direct opposition to an older generationrsquo;s cry that young people are apathetic and disengaged, Do It Anyway introduces a new generation of activists drawn to the kind of work that keeps you up at night because you believe in it so deeply.
Number of Pages: 199
Genre: Social Science, Political Science
Sub-Genre: Civics + Citizenship, Volunteer Work
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Courtney E. Martin
Street Date: September 7, 2010
Item Number (DPCI): 248-51-3560
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