Civic participation and development among urban adolescents

Daniel Hart, Ben Kirshner

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Poor urban neighborhoods are often viewed as bad contexts for child and adolescent growth. Policy makers and researchers are deeply concerned with the high rates of crime in such neighborhoods (e.g., Sampson, Raudenbush, and Earls, 1997). Criminal activity endangers the youth who live in such neighborhoods and, through processes as yet not fully understood, facilitates their own entry into crime. Poor urban cities also seem unsuccessful in preparing youth academically; there are innumerable reports detailing the shortcomings of urban school systems and the resulting achievement deficits evident in America's biggest cities. No doubt urban environments-particularly those characterized by the high levels of disorder that are associated with poverty-can be obstacles to successful development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEngaging Young People in Civic Life
PublisherVanderbilt University Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9780826516503
StatePublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)

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