social movement

Preppers: do they know something we don’t know?

by Laura Vlasa

Let me be clear, as Obama likes to say, that there’s a slight difference between Preppers and Survivalists. While both groups are certain that we are going to face apocalypse in a near future, Survivalists have a more Bear Grylls approach on how to escape the imminent doomsday. They base their training on urban and nature survival, being ready to get going in a matter of minutes with nothing more than a bag-pack and an impressive set of skills, should a disaster of proportions occur. Preppers, on the other hand, have fixed shelters (or multiple shelters, by that matter), huge stocks of food, means to defend their provisions and a very detailed and well-established plan on how to “bug out” or “bug in”.

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THE NEURODIVERSITY MOVEMENT

by Irina Hentea

Pondering over the importance of social movements I think I found a very motivating reason for why every once in a while we should read/write/get involved with what social movements do for society: they bring about CHANGE. Or they make us consider changing hard wired beliefs and practices.

 It is now common knowledge that the human brain is resistant to change. This happens because the brain consumes a lot less energy by simply sticking to the already formed neural circuits. And yet, beyond our biological determination, we can form new patterns which as an output for our discussion here, means we can build up new social meanings for let’s say… the word disease. There is a social movement that tries to achieve that; such a movement is the Neurodiversity Movement, which is thought to have started with a speech made by Jim Sinclair at the 1993 International Conference on Autism at Toronto[1] encouraged by an existing need for recognition and respect towards a social category that ought to have been viewed as diverse as opposed to pathological, or “not normal”.

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Norges miljøbevegelser (Norway’s Environmental Movements) – Being eco-friendly before it was cool

by Maria Purcariu

What does the fox say?

This is what Norwegians are currently most known for. But this is not their biggest pride and joy. Read the text to find out more stuff about the people who made it possible for foxes to still exist and for this song to be produced.

While during the 1960s and 1970s social movements of all sorts became fashionable worldwide, Norwegians were taking action in an attempt of protecting their most valuable heritage: nature. As they have developed this custom of using nature for recreational purposes, such as reindeer hunting, fishing or mountaineering, a word referring to that actually entered their dictionaries: “friluftsliv”, meaning outdoor life in Norwegian. The idea of spending time outside merely for pleasure was imported from England, and it was successfully combined with local traditions.  In this sense, the first set of preservation regulations was adopted at the end of the 19th century. Generally, these assured the protection of the small areas surrounding cities that were used for recreation and the reasoning behind all this was preserving the beauty and rarity of these places.
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Solidarity, a fancy name for the 1st independent trade union in the Soviet bloc

By Diana Cristolţean

Solidarity started off as a trade union in 1980, in People’s Republic of Poland, but it was clear from the start that it would go for far more than standing up for the workers’ rights. It is seen as a cultural movement of national, ethnic and religious nature. The Solidarity fought the country’s communist party obeying the Soviet Union.

A “social movement” refers to the act of militating for a change (or for the absence of change) by reflecting some values in a society. The members are disciplined, meaning they are acting in a certain way, they represent a certain way of thinking, being subjected to an ideology of their own. They truly believe in what they are taking part in, while to the rest of the world their requests for social change might seem just some illusions. Because a social movement implies organization, it needs a coordinator, a leader to guide them along.

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