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Psicologia & Sociedade
On-line version ISSN 1807-0310
FARIAS, Maio Spellman Quirino de and DIMENSTEIN, Magda. Practice and discourse of users of an NGO/AIDS about activism. Psicol. Soc. [online]. 2008, vol.20, n.2, pp. 247-256. ISSN 1807-0310. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-71822008000200012.
The aim of this work is to discuss the results of a research study that investigated the concepts and practices related to anti-AIDS activism amongst members of an NGO/AIDS in the city of Campina Grande-PB. We interviewed 31 members, 20 men and 11 women. Two aspects related to the concept and practice of activism among them were pointed out: the weakening/lack of motivation for collective activism and the compliance to the treatment as a tool for motivation in the anti-AIDS battle. We observed that the NGO under study faces daily problems of compliance and lack of mobilization, as it detaches itself from the mobilization agenda in order to align itself with the governmental sectors that provide financing through the development of projects. As a direct consequence, the NGO has been unable to mobilize the affected individuals for street activities.
Keywords : Activism; AIDS; third sector; Psychology.