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

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

by Hava Rachel Gordon

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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: 9780813546698
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 11/01/2009
Series: Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies
Edition description: None ed.
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

HAVA RACHAEL GORDON is an assistant professor in the department of sociology and criminology at the University of Denver.

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