- Atlanta University and Clark Atlanta University Theses and Dissertations
- The hidden costs of grassroots community activism: An in-depth qualitative study of advocacy competency, burnout, and compassion fatigue for grassroots organizers in Atlanta, Georgia
- Rolle, Ryan M.
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- Degrees, Academic
- United States, Georgia, Fulton County, Atlanta, 33.749, -84.38798
- Atlanta is known as the “Cradle of the Civil Rights Movement” and that history of community organizing, and advocacy is still evident today. Grassroots organizers, and advocates rally community to fight against discrimination, marginalization, and oppression in diverse areas of society to shift the culture and create progressive change. Progressing society, however, comes at a cost. Grassroots organizing, and advocacy work can be emotionally taxing, physically harmful, and show minimal financial gain. Exploring the costs of grassroots organizers in Atlanta indicated that advocates experience both burnout and compassion fatigue. Additionally, burnout and compassion fatigue are further exacerbated by the organizers marginalized identity characteristics (e.g., race, sexual orientation, gender identity). Progressing society is essential for change. Identifying the cost and providing resources for those engaging in this work is also essential.
Date of award: 2020-07
Degree type: thesis
Degree name: Master of Arts (MA)
Granting institution: Clark Atlanta University
Department: Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
Advisor: Clayton, Obie
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- Clark Atlanta University