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Youth Activism [2 volumes]: An International Encyclopedia (Hardback)
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Youth Activism [2 volumes]: An International Encyclopedia (Hardback)

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Hardback 808 Pages / Published: 30/11/2005
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If democratic societies are to survive as true democracies, they need citizens who are informed, concerned and active. How such citizens develop from childhood into adults is crucial information for educators, psychologist, young people, parents, politicians and many, many others. This watershed work brings an understanding to the disparate activist youth groups internationally as well as the interdisciplinary research that explores this phenomena. Featuring 185 original entries-from chatrooms, to grass roots movements, from gangs and politics to Riot GRRLS and Campus Crusade for Christ-this authoritative source lends insight and explanation to the history as well as contemporary forms of youth commitment today. First-person accounts from today's youth activists as well as adult activists illuminate the journey from young idealist to lifelong work. The major categories that frame this work are advocacy for social causes; adolescent and youth development; education; historical examples; media and internet infulence and use; national examples of activism and social movement; organizations and programs; political context; postive youth development; social background factors, e.g., economic class, race, ethnicity, gender and culture; social relationships and networks; voices of activism; and youth culture.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313328114
Number of pages: 808
Weight: 2055 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 60 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This authoritative resource describes programs and policies related to activism and civic engagement among youth from a historical and global perspective. It covers the historical aspects of youth activism to the present, from chatrooms, to grass roots movements, from gangs and politics to Riot GRRLS and Campus Crusade for Christ. The preface thoroughly describes each major topic. Three essays cover core areas concerning civic engagement among youth, adolescents, and youth and conceptions of activism. Over 160 alphabetically arranged entries are indexed and cross-referenced. Ranging in length from 1,000 to 4,000 words, entries include tables, charts, graphs, and photos. An extensive bibliography and appendix provide lists of Web sites and organizations to contact. This work gives greater coverage to progressive organizations than to more conservative ones. It incorporates a cross-disciplinary approach within the many fields of youth activism. Material is written by leading scholars as well as by youth, youth leaders, and practitioners. This volume offers a positive perspective on youth activism in an effort to bring about greater understanding and provide an alternative to reporting that contributes to fearful views about youth based on descriptions of delinquency, violence, substance abuse, and teen pregnancy. Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates, practitioners, and general readers." - Choice
"[T]his is a broad and thorough reference work that provides an accessible introduction to the topic....[i]t is recommended for public, high school, and university libraries." - Library Journal
"This work fosters an understanding of the disparate activist youth groups internationally, as well as of the interdisciplinary research that explores this phenomena. With 185 entries, from chatrooms to grassroots movements, from gangs and politics to Riot Grrls and Campus Crusade for Christ, this authoratative source lends insight and explanation to the history as well as contemporary forms of youth activism." - Family Therapy
"With the current emphasis on service learning in schools and universities, as well as the wide range of activities and fields now open to youth involvement, this encyclopedia fills a needed niche. This title is highly recommended for educators, high school, college and university libraries, as well as public libraries." - Catholic Library World
"The youth activism encyclopedia is a cutting-edge exploration of activism among youth, both domestically and worldwide." - Reference & User Services Quarterly
"[U]nique in its subject matter, multidisciplinary approach, and international coverage. It is certainly a suitable addition to the collections of large public libraries and all academic libaries." - Harvard Graduate School of Education
"[A]n uplifting work full of optimism, social progress, and righteous passion. This collection attests to the time-honored belief that youths, in their moral idealism and their bold commitment to causes, often embody ideals most of us only profess. The impatience of youth is not a weakness when turned productively toward social justice through activism. As many of these stories make clear, even youthful hands can carry a lamp into dark places." - PsycCRITIQUES
"[T]his encyclopedia is the most ambitious effort to date, providing both a general survey and a specialized understanding of the divergent issues related to global youth activism. Its multidisciplinary content should prove advantageous to any analysis of the topic conducted at the collegiate or professional level....[r]ecommended for university and research libraries serving patrons studying or engaged in the fields of social advocacy, civic engagement, and youth development." - VOYA
"The person starting with a general question on youth activism will find much to browse and read here." - Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin

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