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(Re)imagining the Activist Academy

Writing Differently

ISBN: 978-1-83867-338-3, eISBN: 978-1-83867-337-6

ISSN: 2046-6072

Publication date: 24 April 2020


This chapter is an effort to make sense of the complexities emerging from the tension between my academic-self and activist-self in the case of my participant observation in a small community organization which I call free food store. By drawing from my experiences at the ‘free food store’, I do not only reflect on some specific moments where my multiple roles/selves clash, but also invite my readers to reimagine and build an activist academy that works along with communities to ‘change the world’. While this piece can be considered as an ongoing and intense dialogue between the activist and academic about ‘what is to be done?’ in a neoliberal world, it is also an attempt to think, write and, more importantly, act differently through embodied experiences, aspirations and imaginations.



Alakavuklar, O. (2020), "(Re)imagining the Activist Academy", Pullen, A., Helin, J. and Harding, N. (Ed.) Writing Differently (Dialogues in Critical Management Studies, Vol. 4), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 193-207.



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