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Activism, in a general sense, can be described as involvement in action to bring about change, be it social, political, environmental, or other change. This action is in support of or opposition to one side of a controversial argument.

In contemporary use, "activism" tends to be a word associated with the actions and ideologies of those on the political left. However, the activism industry includes organizations of many orientations.

There are many different forms of activism; a select list follows.

Animal rights activism
Anticonsumerist activism
Anti-corporate activism
Anti-racist activism
Civil and social disobedience
Civil disobedience
Culture jamming
Economic activism
Environmental activism
Fair trade
Guerrilla communication
Libertarian socialism
Nationalist activism
Student activism
Tactical Frivolity
Voluntary simplicity
Youth activism

See also: Direct Action