Youth in Cities: A Cross-National Perspective

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Whether in the inner-city ghettos of the United States, the barrios of Brazil, or the ethnic neighborhoods of Germany and Lebanon, a growing number of urban youth find themselves marginalized from the social mainstream, facing the familiar problems of fragile families, residential segregation, limited or no access to education, premature entry into the world of work, and involvement in illegal activities. Both rich and poor countries are failing to meet the social and developmental needs of their urban youth as a result of weak institutional frameworks coupled with global economic restructuring that undermines traditional ways of earning a living. This volume compares the circumstances of urban youth from a cross-national perspective, illustrating the formidable challenges faced by young people trying to define their place in a rapidly changing world. Using both comparative evidence and case studies, this volume illustrates the common needs of youth throughout the world, despite the highly varied sociocultural circumstances in which they develop, and makes a case for the role of youth as creative social assets and positive forces for social change.
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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

List of Contributors
1 Comparative Perspectives of Urban Youth: Challenges for Normative Development 3
2 Steering by the Stars: Youth in Cities 21
3 Children Show the Way: Participatory Programs for Children of South African Streets and Squatter Camps 31
4 Adolescents as Collaborators: In Search of Well-Being 58
5 Have Cities Ceased to Function as "Integration Machines" for Young People? 87
6 From Street Children to All Children: Improving the Opportunities of Low-Income Urban Children and Youth in Brazil 113
7 Youth Crime, Community Development, and Social Justice 138
8 Youth Violence Prevention in America: Lessons from 15 Years of Public Health Prevention Work 165
9 Social Learning and Community Participation with Children at Risk in Two Marginalized Urban Neighborhoods in Amman, Jordan 191
10 Work by the Young: The Economic Activity of School-Aged Children 217
11 Life Skills for Ugandan Youth 246
12 Prospect and Retrospect: Options for Health Youth Development in Changing Urban Worlds 269
Index 279
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