Handbook on Youth Activism


Handbook on Youth Activism

9781803923215 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Jerusha Conner, Professor of Education, Department of Education and Counseling, Villanova University, US
Publication Date: 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80392 321 5 Extent: 426 pp
This dynamic Handbook offers state-of-the-art analysis of the new generation of youth activists who are demanding change. Bringing together eminent scholars, rising academic stars and youth activists, this Handbook provides a unique and essential insight into the power of youth activism today.

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This dynamic Handbook offers state-of-the-art analysis of the new generation of youth activists who are demanding change. Bringing together eminent scholars, rising academic stars and youth activists, this Handbook provides a unique and essential insight into the power of youth activism today.

Jerusha Conner deftly brings together contributors from the global north and south who explore youth activism through a range of multidisciplinary methods including systematic literature reviews, ethnographic studies, photo-voice exhibits and first-hand narrative accounts. Chapters cover the nature of youth activism in different geopolitical contexts, the invisible labour of youth activism, and the effects of youth activism on youth, their institutions, and societies. Presenting findings from cutting-edge research, this Handbook highlights how youth activists are sparking important conversations about what is right and what must change in their institutions, nation-states, and the world in order to secure a just and viable future for themselves and others.

An authoritative analysis of the field, this Handbook will be an invaluable resource for academics, students and researchers specialising in politics and public policy, sociology and social policy, education policy and the sociology of youth and childhood. It will also be of interest to youth activists and their allies to better understand, assess, and improve their movements’ efficacy.
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‘This Handbook provides a remarkable compendium of the essential work young people are doing to demand change at the local, national, and transnational levels. Although warned by the editors not to romanticize youth activists, it is impossible to walk away from this book without a deep sense of hope for the future.’
– Amy J. Binder, Johns Hopkins University, US

‘Jerusha Conner has pulled together a remarkable collection that reflects the diversity of the burgeoning field of research on youth activism. Like the field itself, these chapters are interdisciplinary, international, multi-method, and engaged with a wide range of theoretical traditions, but united in their commitment to taking youth activists seriously as a source of both social transformation and academic insight. This Handbook will be invaluable to anyone looking for a deeper understanding of the cultural, social, and political dynamics of contemporary youth activism.’
– Jessica Taft, University of California, Santa Cruz, US

‘This important book takes a much-needed global and environmental perspective to key issues of our time, providing new insights about how activism impacts young people, society, and their communities. Its deep description of local contexts and new methodologies honors the complexity of how young people challenge intersecting systems of power.’
– Matthew Diemer, University of Michigan, US
Contributors include: Danielle N. Aguilar, M. Ainomugisha, Kayla M. Anderson, Nicolás Angelcos, Brendon Barnes, Judith Bessant, Gavin Brown, Maria Bruselius-Jensen, Chloé Buire, Daniela Chironi, Brian D. Christens, Alison K. Cohen, Jerusha Conner, Patricio Cuevas-Parra, Bharat Raj Dhakal, Donatella della Porta, Uyiosa Elegon, Svetlana Erpyleva, Oladimeji Fatoki, Jesica Siham Fernández, Constance Flanagan, Erin Gallay, Amanda Galczyk, Alexis E Hunter, Abraham Jones, Joseph KaiKai, Ben Kirshner, Yog Raj Lamichhane, Lucia Miranda Leibe, Kanokrat Lertchoosakul, Eeva Luhtakallio, Maurice Rafael Magaña, Carla Malafaia, Sara McAlister, Taina Meriluoto, Chiara Milan, Kathryn Y. Morgan, Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire, Olena Nikolayenko, Nicolas Ortiz, Marlene Palomar, Sarah Pickard, Ilaria Pitti, Alisa Pykett, Rinaldi Ridwan, Dolores Rocca Rivarola, Juan Pablo Rodríguez, Putri Widi Saraswati, Lema Shaltaf, Tiera Tanksley, E. Kay M. Tisdall, Rodrigo Torres, Jurhamuti José Velázquez Morales, Christopher M. Wegemer, Laura Wray-Lake, Anthony Gerard Wright

Introduction: youth activism in a context of global uncertainty and biographical
precarity xix
Jerusha Conner, Uyiosa Elegon and Alison K. Cohen

1 The political participation of young people in times of crisis:
a framework for analysis 2
Daniela Chironi, Donatella della Porta and Chiara Milan
2 Developmental foundations of environmental activism 16
Alisa A. Pykett, Erin Gallay and Constance Flanagan
3 The disruptive power of recognition and young environmental activists 31
Judith Bessant and Sarah Pickard
4 Using a human rights lens: learning from children’s activism 46
E. Kay M. Tisdall and Patricio Cuevas-Parra

5 Youth activism in Ukraine before and during the Russia–Ukraine war 61
Olena Nikolayenko
6 Why and how South Asian youth are involved in politics: a systematic
review of literature 75
Yog Raj Lamichhane and Bharat Raj Dhakal
7 Charting youth activism in Chile: contemporary areas and trends 91
Juan Pablo Rodríguez, Lucía Miranda Leibe, Rodrigo Torres, Nicolás Ortiz
and Nicolás Angelcos

8 Methods for a multimodal, collaborative, and engaged research
practice: mapping youth activism and cultural production across time and space 107
Maurice Rafael Magaña, Anthony Gerard Wright and Jurhamuti José
Velázquez Morales
9 By us, for us: a women of color student activist photo-narrative exhibit
for sociopolitical wellbeing 123
Jesica Siham Fernández and Danielle N. Aguilar
10 Visual politicization and youth challenges to an unequal public sphere:
conceptual and methodological perspectives 140
Eeva Luhtakallio, Taina Meriluoto and Carla Malafaia
11 Ambivalent narratives of the political self: notes on the coproduction of
audio-visual stories in Cape Town and Luanda 154
Chloé Buire

12 Keeping the store in order: an ethnography of youth activism’s everyday work 169
Ilaria Pitti
13 Coming out in solidarity: the Non-Stop Picket of the South African
Embassy as a space of support and experimentation for queer youth 183
Gavin Brown
14 Racism and youth climate activism: what can we learn from racism
allegations about the image exclusions of black women activists? 196
Brendon Barnes
15 Enabling conditions and challenges of youth sexual and reproductive
rights activism in Indonesia 210
Rinaldi Ridwan and Putri Widi Saraswati
16 An ideal activist in a privileged society: studying the internal
negotiations and practices of being a young Danish activist 226
Maria Bruselius-Jensen

17 Reframing school engagement: relationships to school among youth
organizing participants working for educational justice 241
Sara McAlister
18 Movements forward: finding healing through activism 257
Marlene Palomar, Abraham Jones and Ben Kirshner
19 Black youth, digital activism, and racial battle fatigue: how Black youth
enact hope, humor, and healing online 272
Tiera Tanksley and Alexis E. Hunter
20 Political context and Russian youth: the political socialization of young
activists under authoritarianism 289
Svetlana Erpyleva

21 “These are my greatest accomplishments”: how US youth activists
frame their biggest wins 304
Oladimeji Fatoki, Amanda Galczyk, Christopher M. Wegemer, Laura
Wray-Lake and Jerusha Conner
22 “Real change takes time”: building multi-dimensional youth community
power in a participatory design collective 319
Kathryn Y. Morgan, Kayla Anderson, Joseph KaiKai, Lema Shaltaf and Brian
D. Christens
23 On and off: representations and omissions of youth activism in political
campaign ads (Brazil and Argentina, 1980s and 2010s) 336
Dolores Rocca Rivarola
24 #WeAreRemovingADictator: the 2021 Uganda election crisis, the
possibilities and limits of youth digital activism 351
M. Ainomugisha and Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire
25 The White Ribbon movement and its achievement in uprooting the
conservative Thai state 365
Kanokrat Lertchoosakul
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