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By Liz Crow
PhD thesis, University of the West of England, Bristol, 2022
This research explores a form of activist practice, named Dwelling Space Activism, which holds potential to extend activist reach and influence and contribute to change that is embedded and sustainable. Dwelling Space Activism operates through the encounter between the activist work and those happening upon it, using dialogue as a means of influence towards change
The research provides a tool for activists to explore, critique and extend their own practice. In also defines a set of core principles that underpin the many different forms of activism and which enable under-utilised and diverse forms to be better recognised, practised and extended.
Using autoethnographic and practice-led enquiry through activist, performance and moving image, and life praxis, the research draws upon longitudinal practice of almost 40 years, combined with immersive, thick description from an intensive, durational activist performance entitled Figures.