Youth in Cities: A Cross-National Perspective

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There is growing awareness of the common difficulties experienced by poor young people who grow up in cities—crime and juvenile delinquency, limited access to education, the spread of infectious diseases, homelessness, and high rates of unprotected sex. They must contend with weak families and social institutions, poor labor market prospects, and for the most unfortunate, the ravages of gang war and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Chapters in this volume present and assess comparative evidence on the well-being of urban youth and proven interventions for assuaging the deleterious effects of poverty.

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"This volume offers important new insights by bringing an international perspective to the topic of adolescence... The book is unusual in that it adopts a positive orientation toward youth—focusing on their strengths, rather than their problems... it bridges the divide between practice and research, which is essential when dealing with the topic of urban youth." Lonnie R. Sherrod, Fordham University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521005814
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/11/2002
  • Series: Jacobs Foundation Series on Adolescence Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Setting the Context: 1. Comparative perspectives of urban youth; Part II. Youth as a Force for Social Change: 2. Steering by the stars; 3. Children show the way; 4. Adolescents as collaborators; Part III. Urban Youth Experiences in Cross-cultural Perspective: 5. Have cities ceased to function as integration machines?; 6. From street children to all children; 7. Youth crime, community development; 8. Youth violence prevention in America; 9. Social learning and community participation; Part IV. Work, Life Skills and Well-being: 10. Work by the young; 11. Program for life skills; 12. Youth in cities: signs of hope and stress.

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