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Social Activists and Social Change: The Chicago Demonstrators
Am J Psychiatry 1970;126:1752-1759.
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Associate professor of psychiatry, University of California School of Medicine, Davis, Calif. 95616

1970, American Psychiatric Association

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A representative sample of 107 social activists who were arrested during the Chicago protest demonstrations in 1968 completed a self-administered questionnaire, providing the data for this study. The demonstrators were likely to be of upper middle class background, college educated, and aiming at a career in the professions. Their protest focused upon three areas: racism and poverty, war and the military-industrial complex, and unrepresentative government. The author suggests that activists may be best understood in terms of their youth, their life style of explicit congruity, and the growing youth culture.

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