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Citizens in the Present: Youth Civic Engagement in the Americas
by Maria de los Angeles Torres, Irene Rizzini and Norma Del Rio
University of Illinois Press, 2013
Cloth: 978-0-252-03765-8 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09491-0 | Paper: 978-0-252-07920-7
Library of Congress Classification HQ799.2.P6T67 2013

Although media coverage often portrays young people in urban areas as politically apathetic or disruptive, this book provides an antidote to such views through narratives of dedicated youth civic engagement and leadership in Chicago, Mexico City, and Rio de Janeiro. This innovative comparative study provides nuanced accounts of the personal experiences of young people who care deeply about their communities and are actively engaged in a variety of public issues. Drawing from extensive interviews and personal narratives from the young activists themselves, Citizens in the Present presents a vibrant portrait of a new, politically involved generation.

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