Direct action protest, Australia

Connors, Libby and Hutton, Drew (2007) Direct action protest, Australia. In: Encyclopedia of political communication. Encyclopedia of Political Communication, 1. Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, California. ISBN 978-1-4129-1799-5 (Print), 978-1-4129-5399-3 (E-ISBN)


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Direct action has been used in Australia by groups involved in social movements such as the labor, indigenous, peace, and environmental movements. Such actions are usually undertaken by small, often autonomous groups wanting to make strong statements about social practices they regard as morally wrong. Sometimes, these actions are illegal and so constitute civil disobedience. The messages they are attempting to communicate are directed at ordinary people, urging them to join or, at least adopt, the same moral positions, rather than to governments or other representative institutions to change their policies.

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Additional Information: Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Encyclopedia of political communication, Vol 1, 2007 by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. © [2007]'.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2008 00:08
Last Modified: 05 May 2017 03:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: direct action, social movements, Australia
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160601 Australian Government and Politics
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)

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