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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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Emerging Political Identities, Practices, and Temporalities

Emerging Political Identities, Practices, and Temporalities

(p.122) Five Emerging Political Identities, Practices, and Temporalities
Citizens in the Present

Maria de los Angeles Torres

Irene Rizzini

Norma Del Río

University of Illinois Press

This book has explored the trajectories, practices, and ideas of civically engaged youth in Rio de Janeiro, Chicago, and Mexico City. The youth activists' civic engagement may provide fresh insights about the place of young people in their political communities as well as the processes underlying political activism. This final chapter compares and contrasts the ways in which the youth in all three cities became involved, what issues were important to them, how they acted upon those issues, and how they envisioned themselves in their political communities. It discusses the early influences that paved the young people's paths to civic engagement, including institutions outside the family; their self-awareness, social awareness, and political awareness; and their social identities. It also considers various concerns, practices, and localities affecting youth civic engagement, along with young people's political ideas and their role in democratic processes.

Keywords:   youth, Rio de Janeiro, Chicago, Mexico City, youth activists, civic engagement, social awareness, political awareness, social identities, political activism

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