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Youth Activism in an Era of Education Inequality [Paperback]

Item : Youth Activism in an Era of Education Inequality [Paperback]
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Author Author : Kirshner, Ben
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 1479898058
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9781479898053
Publisher Publisher : NYU Press
Pages Pages : 240
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100146730

Winner, 2016 Best Authored Book presented by the Society for Research on Adolescence

This is what democracy looks like: Youth organizers in Colorado negotiate new school discipline policies to end the school to jail track. Latino and African American students march to district headquarters to protest high school closure. Young immigration rights activists persuade state legislators to pass a bill to make in-state tuition available to undocumented state residents. Students in an ESL class collect survey data revealing the prevalence of racism and xenophobia.

These examples, based on ten years of research by youth development scholar Ben Kirshner, show young people building political power during an era of racial inequality, diminished educational opportunity, and an atrophied public square. The books case studies analyze what these experiences mean for young people and why they are good for democracy. What is youth activism and how does it contribute to youth development? How might collective movements of young people expand educational opportunity and participatory democracy? The interdependent relationship between youths political engagement, their personal development, and democratic renewal is the central focus of this book. Kirshner argues that youth and societal institutions are strengthened when young people, particularly those most disadvantaged by educational inequity, turn their critical gaze to education systems and participate in efforts to improve them.

Kirshner provides a well-organized, thought provoking analysis of the effects of sociopolitical development on youth in a time of inequality. The purpose of his book is to provide the reader with insight as to how youth development effects societal change. Kirshner expresses the dire need to provide youth with a voice and how this voice becomes a catalyst for change. The text provides narratives of students who participated in youth led organizations that began to make societal changelC#

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