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Handbook of Research on Civic Engagement in Youth

  • ID: 1444593
  • Book
  • 720 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Engaging youth in civic life has become a central concern to a broad array of researchers in a variety of academic fields as well to policy makers and practitioners globally. This book is both international and multidisciplinary, consisting of three sections that respectively cover conceptual issues, developmental and educational topics, and methodological and measurement issues. Broad in its coverage of topics, this book supports scholars, philanthropists, business leaders, government officials, teachers, parents, and community practitioners in their drive to engage more young people in community and civic actions.
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Preface: Promoting Research on Youth Civic EngagementLonnie Sherrod, Judith Torney–Purta, and Constance Flanagan

Introduction: Research on the Development of Citizenship: A Field Comes of Age 1Lonnie Sherrod, Society for Research in Child Development and Fordham University; Judith Torney–Purta, University of Maryland; and Constance Flanagan, The Pennsylvania State University and University of Wisconsin–Madison


1 Toward a Political Theory of Political Socialization of Youth 23Hugh McIntosh, Consultant; and James Youniss, The Catholic University of America

2 A Political Science Perspective on Socialization Research: Young Nordic Citizens in a Comparative Light 43Erik Amnå, Örebro University, Sweden; and Pär Zetterberg, Uppsala University, Sweden

3 The Sources of Adolescent Activism: Historical and Contemporary Findings 67Daniel Hart, Rutgers University; and Rebecca Lakin Gullan, The Children s Hospital of Philadelphia and Gwynedd–Mercy College

4 Youth Civic Engagement in the Developing World: Challenges and Opportunities 91Ronald Kassimir, The New School; and Constance Flanagan, The Pennsylvania State University and University of Wisconsin–Madison

5 Youth Civic Engagement: Normative Issues 115Peter Levine, Tufts University; and Ann Higgins–D′Alessandro, Fordham University

6 Youth Civic Engagement in Mexico 139Fernando Reimers, Harvard University; and Sergio Cardenas, Center for Economic Research and Teaching, Mexico

7 Citizenship Education: A Critical Look at a Contested Field 161Helen Haste, Harvard University and University of Bath, United Kingdom


8 The Relation between Developmental Theory and Measures of Civic Engagement in Research on Adolescents 193Britt Wilkenfeld, University of Maryland; James Lauckhardt, Fordham University; and Judith Torney–Purta, University of Maryland

9 Social Cognitive Development and Adolescent Civic Engagement 221Aaron Metzger, West Virginia University; and Judith G. Smetana, University of Rochester

10 Early Childhood as a Foundation for Civic Engagement 249Jennifer Astuto, New York University; and Martin D. Ruck, City University of New York

11 Civic Engagement during the Transition to Adulthood: Developmental Opportunities and Social Policies at a Critical Juncture 277Andrea Finlay, The Pennsylvania State University; Laura Wray–Lake, The Pennsylvania State University and Claremont Graduate University; and Constance Flanagan, The Pennsylvania State University and University of Wisconsin–Madison

12 Schools and Social Trust 307Constance Flanagan, The Pennsylvania State University and University of Wisconsin–Madison; Tara Stoppa, Eastern University; Amy K. Syvertsen, The Pennsylvania State University, and Search Institute; and Michael Stout, Missouri State University

13 The Civic Empowerment Gap: Defi ning the Problem and Locating Solutions 331Meira Levinson, Harvard University

14 Communication and Education: Creating Competence for Socialization into Public Life 363Jack McLeod, Dhavan Shah, Diana Hess, and Nam–Jin Lee, University of Wisconsin–Madison

15 Changing Citizen Identity and the Rise of a Participatory Media Culture 393W. Lance Bennett, Deen Freelon, and Chris Wells, University of Washington, Seattle

16 Immigrant Youth in the United States: Coming of Age among Diverse Civic Cultures 425Lene Arnett Jensen, Clark University

17 The Civic Life of Latina/o Immigrant Youth: Challenging Boundaries and Creating Safe Spaces 445Hinda Seif, University of Illinois at Springfi eld

18 LGBT Politics, Youth Activism, and Civic Engagement 471Stephen T. Russell, Russell B. Toomey, and Jason Crockett, University of Arizona; and Carolyn Laub, Gay–Straight Alliance Network


19 A Conceptual Framework and Multimethod Approach for Research on Political Socialization and Civic Engagement 497Judith Torney–Purta and Jo–Ann Amadeo, University of Maryland; and Molly W. Andolina, DePaul University

20 Political Agency and Empowerment: Pathways for Developing a Sense of Political Effi cacy in Young Adults 525Elizabeth Beaumont, University of Minnesota

21 The Transdisciplinary Nature of Citizenship and Civic/Political Engagement Evaluation 559Ann Higgins–D′Alessandro, Fordham University

22 Conceptualizing and Evaluating the Complexities of Youth Civic Engagement 593Charmagne Campbell–Patton, World Savvy; and Michael Quinn Patton, Utilization–Focused Evaluation

23 Critical Youth Engagement: Participatory Action Research and Organizing 621Madeline Fox, City University of New York; Kavitha Mediratta, Brown University; Jessica Ruglis, Johns Hopkins University; Brett Stoudt, City University of New York; Seema Shah, International Baccalaureate; and Michelle Fine, City University of New York

24 Informed Social Refl ection: Its Development and Importance for Adolescents′ Civic Engagement 651Robert L. Selman and Janet Kwok, Harvard University

Author Index 686

Subject Index 699

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Lonnie R. Sherrod
Judith Torney–Purta
Constance A. Flanagan
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