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Ganesh, Shiv and Heather Zoller. “Dialogue, Activism, and Democratic Social Change.” In Communication Theory, eds. International Communication Association. Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. 66-91 (25).
Zoller and Ganesh’s piece, “Dialogue, Activism, and Democratic Social Change”, works to highlight the national and global social movements and their interrelation with issues of dialogue and activism in the spotlight of a post-September 11th American society. A primary point in their research works with the issue of dialogue within the social activism rhetoric and how social activist groups seek to engage their target population to mobilize.186 Overall, Zoller and Ganesh hypothesize, based on their own and past research, that activism is a key construct in examining connections between advocacy and democratic practice. In their interpretation of advocacy and activism, the two are interconnected and embrace different variations on definition, ranging from the underscoring or political function to that in which the key emphasis is placed on conflict, transgression, and, fewer times than one may hope, resolution to nothing more than a form of escalation of confrontation.187 As Zoller and Ganesh explain, the relationship between dialogue and activism is intricate, but necessary to solid, political advocacy and change – for better or for worse. The basis of social transformation leans on these ethical issues to the point that they can seem stifling; stifling, but necessary. Exploration of any social movements, whether they be ideological, religious, political or other, stands to gain a great amount my dissecting the role of dialogue within the sphere of advocacy and activism.

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