We Fight To Win: Inequality and the Politics of Youth Activism by Hava Rachel GordonWe Fight To Win: Inequality and the Politics of Youth Activism by Hava Rachel Gordon

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

byHava Rachel Gordon

Paperback | November 6, 2009

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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 issuesùwar, 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.

HAVA RACHAEL GORDON is an assistant professor in the department of sociology and criminology at the University of Denver.
Title:We Fight To Win: Inequality and the Politics of Youth ActivismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:November 6, 2009Publisher:Rutgers University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0813546702

ISBN - 13:9780813546704

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Table of Contents

Chapter One The Development of Urban Teenage Activism
Chapter Two Reading, Writing, and Radicalism
Chapter Three Allies Within and Without
Chapter Four Toward Youth Political Power in Oakland
Chapter Five Toward Youth Political Power in Portland
Chapter Six Gendering Political Power

Editorial Reviews

"Well researched, the book challenges readers to rethink the involvement and engagement of youth in society. Highly recommended."