Youth Engagement: The Civic-Political Lives of Children and Youth: 16 (Sociological Studies of Children and Youth) (Sociological Studies of Children & Youth) (Hardcover) by Kawecka Nenga Sandi Taft Jessica K.
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In recent years civic and political institutions have stepped up their efforts to encourage youth participation: schools promote volunteerism non-profits provide opportunities for service local governments create youth councils and social movement organizations discuss the need to encourage a new generation of activists. This volume adopts a critical approach to the civic and political socialization projects which aim to transform children and youth into upstanding citizens. By synthesizing the study of young people's civic and political socialization under the rubric of 'Youth Engagement' the interplay of the civic and the political throughout young people's lives is considered. Chapters critically examine the multiple and contested meanings of ideal citizenship and reveal how children and youth craft active citizenship as they encounter and respond to the various institutions and organizations designed to encourage their civic and political development.