We Fight To Win: Inequality and the Politics of Youth Activism
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We Fight To Win: Inequality and the Politics of Youth Activism

by Hava Rachel Gordon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813546702

ISBN-13: 9780813546704

Pub. Date: 11/01/2009

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

In an adult-dominated society, teenagers are often shut out of participation in politics. We Fight to Win offers a compelling account of young people's attempts to get involved in community politics, and documents the battles waged to form youth movements and create social change in schools and neighborhoods.

Hava Rachel Gordon compares the struggles and

Overview

In an adult-dominated society, teenagers are often shut out of participation in politics. We Fight to Win offers a compelling account of young people's attempts to get involved in community politics, and documents the battles waged to form youth movements and create social change in schools and neighborhoods.

Hava Rachel Gordon compares the struggles and successes of two very different youth movements: a mostly white, middle-class youth activist network in Portland, Oregon, and a working-class network of minority youth in Oakland, California. She examines how these young activists navigate schools, families, community organizations, and the mainstream media, and employ a variety of strategies to make their voices heard on some of today's most pressing issues—war, school funding, the environmental crisis, the prison industrial complex, standardized testing, corporate accountability, and educational reform. We Fight to Win is one of the first books to focus on adolescence and political action and deftly explore the ways that the politics of youth activism are structured by age inequality as well as race, class, and gender.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813546704
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Series:
The Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents


Introduction
Chapter One The Development of Urban Teenage Activism
Chapter Two Reading, Writing, and Radicalism
Chapter Three Allies Within and Without
Chapter Four Toward Youth Political Power in Oakland
Chapter Five Toward Youth Political Power in Portland
Chapter Six Gendering Political Power
Conclusion

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