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Young People and Society
INTRODUCTION: For years researchers and academics have
pontificated about the plight and condition of young people, often without
ever checking in with young people themselves to see what young people are
POINT TO PONDER: "Involving young people in
decisions is a way of showing respect, of saying their opinions
and ideas count. To accomplish this, both youths and adults will
need adequate preparation and training." - from
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The Abandoned Generation: Democracy
Beyond the Culture of Fear
By Henry Giroux. Giroux continues
his critique of the US political and popular culture 's influence
on the lives of young people. In his controversial new book,
Giroux argues that there's a war on in the US these days - against
The Evolving Capacities of the Child
By UNICEF. The
Convention on the Rights of the Child introduced for the first
time in an international human rights treaty, the concept of the
‘evolving capacities’ of the child. This principle recognizes
that, as children acquire enhanced competencies, there is a
diminishing need for protection and a greater capacity to take
responsibility for decisions affecting their lives. The purpose of
the study is to open the discussion and promote debate to achieve
a better understanding of how children can be protected, in
accordance with their evolving capacities, and also provided with
opportunities to participate in the fulfillment of their rights.
Children: Noble Causes or Worthy
By Karl Eric
Knutsson. This book is part of ongoing efforts aimed at changing
the discourse on children and strengthening the theoretical,
ethical and political arguments for taking children seriously.
It asks fundamental questions about the perceptions we have of
children and childhood and about ways these perceptions emerge
to influence and shape our assumptions, preferences and choices
concerning children. The book is divided into two parts. The
first part examines cultural and social variations in
perceptions concerning children, and the second part draws on
conclusions from the analysis. Finally, the author proposes
practical lessons that may be learned from the debate about
Declaration of Accountability on the Ethical Engagement of Young
People and Adults in Canadian
First Nations Child and
Family Caring Society of Canada.
This document shares a wide-ranging perspective of youth
involvement, calling for organizations and communities to see
beyond past activities and to identify and practice powerful
ethical approaches to engaging youth. Despite the reference to
this document is useful communities around the world.
& Guns: How Politicians, Experts, and the Press Fabricate Fear of Youth
By Mike Males. Imagine if national news agencies endlessly featured every child murdered at
home by parents, every enraged midlife middle-class gun massacre.
Inconceivable. “Kids and guns” is not the problem,
but a diversion by a complacent, established America that propagates
demographic myths about age and race, culture-war trivialities, and
sensational scapegoating to avoid facing its own violence. Sound shocking?
Check for yourself...
World Youth Report 2003
Provides an overview of the global situation of young people. The first 10
chapters focus on the priority areas identified by the World Programme of
Action for Youth (WPAY) adopted by the General Assembly in 1995. The
remaining five chapters address some of the newer issues that were later
identified as additional priorities for youth and were adopted by the United
Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 2003.
Disappearance of Childhood By Neil Postman
Hip Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture
By Bakari Kitwana
Telling Stories from Our Twenties
By J. Karlin
and A. Borofsky (editors)
Overview: What Young People Can Teach Society.
By Joanna Davidson. A short article from
Changemakers.net that highlights the effects of youth on the larger
societies around them.
Roles of Youth in Society: A Reconceptualization
Kurth-Schai. The seminal introduction to advancing the position of young
people in the United States, first issued in 1989.
Surfing: Racism, the Media, and the Destruction of Today's Youth
By Henry Giroux.
Mouse That Roared: Disney and the End of Innocence
By Henry Giroux.
Innocence: Corporate Culture's War on Children
By Henry Giroux.
By M. Groenig
Through the Eyes of the Judged:
Autobiographical Sketches by Incarcerated Young Men
By Stephanie Guilloud
(editor). Published and distributed by the Gateway Program,
Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA 98505; 360/867-6215
Scapegoat Generation: America's War on Youth
By Mike Males
Youth: Ten Myths About the Next Generation
By Mike Males
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