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ERIC Number: EJ947945
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0044-118X
Rethinking Youth Political Socialization: Teenage Activists Talk Back
Gordon, Hava R.; Taft, Jessica K.
Youth & Society, v43 n4 p1499-1527 Dec 2011
This article draws from the experiences and narratives of teenage activists throughout the Americas in order to add a needed dimension, that of peer political socialization, to the larger political and civic socialization literature. The authors argue that although the existing literature emphasizes the roles and responsibilities of adults in shaping young people's civic capacities, the roles that young people play in socializing each other for political engagement is underexplored. Based on two qualitative studies of teenage activists throughout North and Latin America, the authors argue that teenage activists, who are largely left out of this literature, represent a different process by which youth engage in politics. We use teenagers' narratives about their own youth-led political socialization to extend the existing theorizing on youth civic engagement, rethink some of its core tenets, and elucidate the roles that young people themselves play in the processes of political socialization. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North America