Synopses & Reviews
Whether in the 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 problems of fragile families, segregation, little or no education, and involvement in illegal activities. Both rich and poor countries are failing to meet the needs of their urban youth owing to weak institutional frameworks coupled with global economic restructuring that undermines traditional ways of earning a living. Youth in Cities compares the circumstances of urban youth cross-nationally, 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 and makes a case for the role of youth as creative social assets and positive forces for social change.
"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
Presents comparative evidence and case-studies on poor urban youth, providing interventions that have proven successful.
There is growing awareness of the common difficulties experienced by poor young people who grow up in cities--crime and juvenile delinquency, limited access to education, the spread of infectious diseases, homelessness, and high rates of unprotected sex. They must contend with weak families and social institutions, poor labor market prospects, and for the most unfortunate, the ravages of gang war and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Chapters in this volume present and assess comparative evidence on the well-being of urban youth and proven interventions for assuaging the deleterious effects of poverty.
Table of Contents
Part I. Setting the Context: 1. Comparative perspectives of urban youth; Part II. Youth as a Force for Social Change: 2. Steering by the stars; 3. Children show the way; 4. Adolescents as collaborators; Part III. Urban Youth Experiences in Cross-cultural Perspective: 5. Have cities ceased to function as integration machines?; 6. From street children to all children; 7. Youth crime, community development; 8. Youth violence prevention in America; 9. Social learning and community participation; Part IV. Work, Life Skills and Well-being: 10. Work by the young; 11. Program for life skills; 12. Youth in cities: signs of hope and stress.