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This is a powerful read and exploration of the emotions that motivated and spurred activist participation in the historical Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955. Drawing parallels between this and social movements as seen in health and care organisations offers us a very different perspective why people may subscribe to a particular cause, volunteer or possibly withdraw and drop-out.

The notion of an emotional dichotomy driving activist behaviour (Jasper, 2011) is an important one: negative feelings about repression, humiliation, rejection, injustice must be accompanied by positive emotions of solidarity, courage, determination, self-pride and purpose in order that they are motivated to join forces with a Social Movement Organisation (SMO). This can often be the case with health and care change activists who take a stand against the status quo.


If you liked this article you can find out more about the author, Felicia McGhee-Hilt here