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ERIC Number: EJ1217017
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jun
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
"So Much of My Very Soul": How Youth Organizers' Identity Projects Pave Agentive Pathways for Civic Engagement
Rosen, Sonia M.
American Educational Research Journal, v56 n3 p1033-1063 Jun 2019
Neoliberal market logic positions youth as either commodities produced and marketed by private institutions or consumers for whose business those institutions are competing, a paradigm that narrows pathways for youth participation in civic and political institutions by restricting youth agency to participation in markets. However, youth organizing groups recast what we imagine as the public domain, how public institutions are governed, and who takes part in this governance. In this life histories study of youth organizers, the participants' organizer identities occupied intellectual, emotional, social, and temporal space in their life worlds, mediating their agentive participation in an increasingly neoliberalized world. This article considers the implications of how youth involvement in social movements shapes identity and agency in a neoliberal sociopolitical context.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; High Schools
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)