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Citizens in the Present: Youth Civic Engagement in the Americas

Maria de los Angeles Torres, Irene Rizzini, and Norma Del Rio


Although media coverage often portrays young people in urban areas as politically apathetic or disruptive, this book provides an antidote to such views through narratives of dedicated youth civic engagement and leadership in Chicago, Mexico City, and Rio de Janeiro. This innovative comparative study provides nuanced accounts of the personal experiences of young people who care deeply about their communities and are actively engaged in a variety of public issues. Drawing from extensive interviews and personal narratives from the youth activists themselves, this book provides a vibrant portrait ... More

Keywords: young people, civic engagement, youth, Chicago, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, youth activists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037658
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037658.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maria de los Angeles Torres, author
University of Illinois at Chicago

Irene Rizzini, author
Pontifica Catholic University

Norma Del Rio, author
Metropolitan Autonomous University-Cochimilco

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One Civically Engaged Youth

Maria de los Angeles Torres, Irene Rizzini, and Norma Del Río

Two Chicago Youth Activists

Maria de los Angeles Torres

Three Affirming the Young Democracy

Irene Rizzini and Malcolm Bush

Five Emerging Political Identities, Practices, and Temporalities

Maria de los Angeles Torres, Irene Rizzini, and Norma Del Río