Thu, 08/18/2011 - 11:40am - 12:00pm
Rebel Girls: Youth Activism and Social Change across the Americas
Host Jennifer Kemp speaks with Jessica K.Taft, author of Rebel Girls: Youth Activism and Social Change across the Americas. Rebel Girls explores how teenage girls construct activist identities, rejecting and redefining girlhood and claiming political authority for youth in the process. Taft examines the girl activists’ social movement strategies and collective political practices, detailing their shared commitments to process-based political education, participatory democracy, and hopeful enthusiasm. Taft argues that adult social movements could learn a great deal from girl activists and making clear the importance of increased collaboration between young people and adults.