Synopses & Reviews
In Uncivil Youth, Soo Ah Kwon explores youth of color activism as linked to the making of democratic citizen-subjects. Focusing attention on the relations of power that inform the social and political practices of youth of color, Kwon examines how after-school and community-based programs are often mobilized to prevent potentially andquot;at-riskandquot; youth from turning to andquot;juvenile delinquencyandquot; and crime. These sorts of strategic interventions seek to mold young people to become self-empowered and responsible citizens. Theorizing this mode of youth governance as andquot;affirmative governmentality,andquot; Kwon investigates the political conditions that both enable youth of color to achieve meaningful change and limit their ability to do so given the entrenchment of nonprofits in the logic of a neoliberal state. She draws on several years of ethnographic research with an Oakland-based, panethnic youth organization that promotes grassroots activism among its second-generation Asian and Pacific Islander members (ages fourteen to eighteen). While analyzing the contradictions of the youth organizing movement, Kwon documents the genuine contributions to social change made by the young people with whom she worked in an era of increased youth criminalization and anti-immigrant legislation.
Soo Ah Kwon explores youth of color activism, focusing on the political conditions that enableand#8212;and limitand#8212;youth of color from achieving meaningful change given the entrenchment of nonprofits within the logic of the neoliberal state.
About the Author
Soo Ah Kwon is Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies and Human and Community Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Table of Contents
1. Civilizing Youth against Delinquency 27
2. Youth Organizing and the Nonprofitization of Activism 45
3. Organizing against Youth Criminalization 73
4. Confronting the State 95