"Maybe I’m a quiet activist": sex work scholars and negotiations of ‘minor’ academic-activism

Laing, Mary, Cook, Ian, Baker, Tom and Calder-Dawe, Octavia (2022) "Maybe I’m a quiet activist": sex work scholars and negotiations of ‘minor’ academic-activism. Sexualities. pp. 1-18. ISSN 1363-4607 (In Press)

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With the intensification of calls for social ‘impact’ from research, there is renewed emphasis on academic-activism as a means to realize social change. But what ‘counts’ as activism in these visions of academic-activist impact? Drawing on interviews with sex work scholars in the United Kingdom and Aotearoa New Zealand, we examine the borders—and the disruption of borders—between ‘traditional’ forms of activism and a wider array of more ‘minor’ practices frequently perceived as too ‘ordinary’ to claim that label. In doing this, we explore quiet, implicit and everyday forms of activism, arguing that activism is embodied, frequently undertaken by those who do not self-identify as activists, and sits ambivalently within broader institutional drives for research-based ‘impact’.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sex work scholars, activism, minor theory, impact agenda, identity
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2021 10:57
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2022 12:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/47859

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