From doing informal ethnographic shit, urban social relations research and now teaching; one thing always becomes clear:
It’s near impossible as an agent of change to deal with and combat structural issues head on unless you first empower people with the capacities to activate their own agencies. That cart is way too often put before the horse. There is no victory in becoming a martyr for a hot, passionate but (in the greater scheme of sociological time) relatively short-lived cause.
Unfortunately, collaborating to reveal capacities on the ground in everyday, mundane ways is often seen as a far slower, less sexy, non-heroic and process-laden approach.
But hey, maybe I’m just crazy for thinking that perhaps the more sustainable change requires a more tempered passion along with feeling OK that any positive change most likely will go by unnoticed by most.