ERIC Number: EJ1064699
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
Civic Engagement in Extreme Times: The Remaking of Justice among Guatemala's "Postwar" Generation
Bellino, Michelle J.
Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, v10 n2 p118-132 Jul 2015
In recent years, there has been a dramatic growth in the field of youth civic engagement, although little of this work has been conducted in fragile democracies contending with legacies of war and authoritarianism. This study explores how Guatemalan postwar generation youth develop as civic actors under extreme conditions of violence, social and political distrust, and a dwindling space for public expression. Drawing from ethnographic research conducted in rural and urban Guatemala, this study demonstrates how young people's sense of civic efficacy interacts with their interpretations of historical injustice and the civic messages mediated by teachers, families, peers, and communities. Young people struggle to define and enact appropriate civic action, at times working outside unjust systems as a means of fostering change.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Citizen Participation, Ethnography, History, War, Authoritarianism, Civil Rights, Violence, Semi Structured Interviews, Justice, Secondary School Students, Citizenship Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Guatemala