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Citizens in the PresentYouth Civic Engagement in the Americas$
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Maria de los Angeles Torres, Irene Rizzini, and Norma Del Rio

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037658

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037658.001.0001

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Affirming the Young Democracy

Affirming the Young Democracy

Youth Engagement in Rio de Janeiro

(p.60) Three Affirming the Young Democracy
Citizens in the Present

Irene Rizzini

Malcolm Bush

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines youth civic engagement in the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan region. It first considers the context of young people's civic engagement in Brazil, citing how a series of events in the country's recent history aroused unprecedented levels of political participation. It then considers the demographics of youth activists in Rio, the activities and organizations they are involved in, and their motivations for engagement. It also discusses issues important to youth activists, along with their responsibilities, social awareness, and political ideas; what they perceive as costs to civic engagement, including the fear of violence and the time that activism takes up; and their various other concerns such as the poor state of education in the country and the rights of political participation. The chapter concludes with an assessment of Rio youth's views on responsibility.

Keywords:   youth, civic engagement, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, political participation, youth activists, social awareness, violence, activism, education

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