Building Power, Learning Democracy: Youth Organizing as a Site of Civic Development in Education, Democracy, and the Public Good

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Discipline 1 Community health
Discipline 2 Political science
Publication Title Building Power, Learning Democracy: Youth Organizing as a Site of Civic Development in Education, Democracy, and the Public Good
Description In this chapter, we explore the potential of youth organizing to promote civic development, new forms of civic engagement that make public institutions more accountable and responsive to the needs of their constituencies, and an expanded commitment to acting in the interest of the public good. The post office protests hint at this potential. Not only were low-income youth of color engaged in civic life, they also lifted up public education as a crucial investment in the future social and economic well-being of their communities. And Jesus Garcia’s claim that his school deserves more funding than other schools suggests that youth organizing may help young people to frame distinctive understandings of what constitutes the public good—understandings that are grounded in historical analyses of power and social relationships and focused explicitly on expanding opportunities for disadvantaged groups.
Publication Year 2012
Publication Author John Rogers, Kavitha Mediratta, Seema Shah
Publication Type Journal Article
Publisher American Educational Research Association
Major Funders
Publication Link https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.3102/0091732X11422328