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Education, Politics and Public Life

Citizen Youth

Culture, Activism, and Agency in a Neoliberal Era

Authors: Kennelly, J.

  • Innovative qualitative methods mean that the book could also be a text for qualitative methods courses across a variety of social science disciplines
  • Offers an analysis of critique of contemporary youth and social structures in the current political climate
  • Case studies in Canada are conscientiously applied for a broader context
  • Utilizes latest theories and methodologies
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What are the ties that bind the 'good youth citizen' and the youth activist in the twenty-first century? Contemporary young people are encouraged  - through education and other cultural sites - to 'save the world' via community projects that resemble activism, yet increasingly risk arrest for public acts of dissent. Citizen Youth: culture, activism, and agency in a neoliberal era  goes to the heart of these contradictions, exploring the dilemmas and cultural dynamics of being young and politically engaged. Through an ethnographic study of young people working on activist causes across the three largest urban centres in one of the wealthiest nations in the world (Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, Canada), this book draws on Bourdieusian cultural sociology, feminist theories of agency, phenomenology, and political theories of the state and neoliberalism to understand what it means to be a certain kind of youth citizen in the twenty-first century. Accessibly written yet theoretically engaged, the book will be of interest to individuals both within academia and in the wider world of social movements and youth engagement.

About the authors

Jacqueline Joan Kennelly is Associate Professor of Sociology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

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"This richly theorised, fascinating study of young activists should be read by all social scientists. It reinvigorates debates on social movements and the problem of youth, whilst providing a much-needed antidote to the current pessimism about the possibilities of activism and the political engagement of young people." - Diane Reay, Professor of Education, Cambridge University


"This richly theorised, fascinating study of young activists should be read by all social scientists. It reinvigorates debates on social movements and the problem of youth, whilst providing a much-needed antidote to the current pessimism about the possibilities of activism and the political engagement of young people." - Diane Reay, Professor of Education, Cambridge University

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: “Citizen Youth” in the Twenty-first Century

    Kennelly, Jacqueline

    Pages 1-17

  • Understanding Youth Political Engagement: Youth Citizenship as Governance

    Kennelly, Jacqueline

    Pages 19-31

  • Constructing the Good Youth Citizen: A History of the Present

    Kennelly, Jacqueline

    Pages 33-46

  • Good Citizen/Bad Activist: The Cultural Role of the State in Youth Political Participation

    Kennelly, Jacqueline

    Pages 47-71

  • Class Exclusions, Racialized Identities: The Symbolic Economy of Youth Activism

    Kennelly, Jacqueline

    Pages 73-109

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Citizen Youth
Book Subtitle
Culture, Activism, and Agency in a Neoliberal Era
Authors
Series Title
Education, Politics and Public Life
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-11961-1
DOI
10.1057/9780230119611
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-10668-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-29032-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-58001-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 194
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