ABSTRACT

Beyond the repression of the military regime, the fall of the youth activists can also be attributed to several endogenous factors. The dichotomizing of politics and revolution, the segregation of spheres of action along generational lines, and the belief in “people power” and street action over political processes all contributed to the movement’s isolation and inability to achieve “goals.” Yet while the movement as it was during its heyday has largely ceased to exist, many youth activists continue to be engaged, albeit in new and seemingly apolitical domains, such as social entrepreneurship and community-level development initiatives. As a form of movement abeyance, the transformation of the activists’ fields of engagement and modes of participation represents new vectors of revolutionary prefiguration. These new domains of action represent alternative means for achieving the goals and ideals of the movement, and as such represent a certain continuation of the spirit of the movement.