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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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Civically Engaged Youth

Civically Engaged Youth

Chapter:
(p.1) One Civically Engaged Youth
Source:
Citizens in the Present
Author(s):

Maria de los Angeles Torres

Irene Rizzini

Norma Del Río

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037658.003.0001

This book explores youth civic engagement in three global cities in the Americas: Chicago, Mexico City, and Rio de Janeiro. Drawing on interviews conducted by the authors in each of the three cities, the book examines the trajectories of youth activists: what influenced them to step out of their private lives and engage in public battles, how they engage to effectively influence institutions in urban spaces that affect their lives, and what kinds of activities they pursued. It also asks whether young people are given rights in the present, or whether they are only conceived as future citizens. This chapter discusses the changing place of youth in public discourse, along with changes in the nature of the public spaces in which young people engage. It also explains the book's definitions of youth and civic engagement, along with its methodology, and gives an overview of the three global cities.

Keywords:   youth, civic engagement, Chicago, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, youth activists, urban spaces, public discourse, public spaces

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