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Citizens in the Present - Youth Civic Engagement in the Americas: A transnational study of active and engaged urban youth

Norma del Rio from Research Program on Infancy and Childhood, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana  and Irene Rizzini from The International Center for Research and Policy on Childhood (CIESPI), both from Childwatch Key Institutions, have co-authored a new book, along with Maria de los Angeles Torres from the University of Illinois at Chicago, about the dedicated youth civic engagement and leadership in Chicago, Mexico City, and Rio de Janeiro.

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. Examining the role--or absence--of youth in contemporary public and political discourse, the authors investigate what motivates young people in these cities, which forces influence them, and what their actions reveal about democratic practices in cities in the Americas today. Drawing from extensive interviews and personal narratives from the young activists themselves, Citizens in the Present presents a vibrant portrait of a new, politically involved generation.

"Investigating the experience of young activists, their motivations, and the forms of their engagement, this innovative book presents a refreshingly optimistic picture of dedicated and engaged young people."--Anne B. Smith, coeditor of Advocating for Children: International Perspectives on Children's Rights

Maria de los Angeles Torres is director and professor of Latin American and Latin studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Irene Rizzini is a professor at the Ponitfical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and the director of the International Center for Research on Childhood. Norma del Río is a professor of psychology in the department of education and communication at the Metropolitan Autonomous University--Cochimilco (UAM) in Mexico City.

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Tags: youth social engagement, urban childhood, child participation, citizenship, civic youth, community involvement By Irene Rizzini, Norma Del Río, Maria de los Angeles Torres
Published Sep. 17, 2013 4:17 PM - Last modified Sep. 17, 2013 4:17 PM