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[Commlist] New Book: Youth Power in Precarious Times: Reimagining Civic Participation

Thu Sep 03 15:32:05 GMT 2020

*New book: /Youth Power in Precarious Times: Reimagining Civic Participation /(Duke University Press), by Dr. Melissa Brough.*

Does youth participation hold the potential to change entrenched systems of power and to reshape civic life? In /Youth Power in Precarious Times/ Melissa Brough examines how the city of Medellín, Colombia, offers a model of civic transformation forged in the wake of violence and repression. She responds to a pressing contradiction in the world at large, where youth political participation has become a means of commodifying digital culture amid the ongoing disenfranchisement of youth globally. Brough focuses on how young people's civic participation online and in the streets in Medellín was central to the city's transformation from having the world's highest homicide rates in the early 1990s to being known for its urban renaissance by the 2010s. Seeking to distinguish commercialized digital interactions from genuine political participation, Brough uses Medellín's experiences with youth participation—ranging from digital citizenship initiatives to the voices of community media to the beats of hip-hop culture—to show how young people can be at the forefront of fostering ecologies of artistic and grassroots engagement in order to reshape civic life.

Table of Contents:
1. From Participation to Polycultural Civics
2. Digitizing the Tools of Engagement
3. "We Think about the City Differently"
4. "Medellín, Governable and Participatory
5. Polycultural Civics in the Digital Age

For more information, and to order the book directly from Duke University Press at a 30% discount please visit Youth Power in Precarious Times: Reimagining Civic Participation <> and enter the coupon code*E20BROGH*at checkout.

*Melissa Brough* is Assistant Professor of Communication & Technology in the Department of Communication Studies. Her research focuses on the relationships between digital communication, civic/political engagement and social change. Much of her work considers the role of communication technology in the social, cultural, and political lives of youth from historically disenfranchised groups. Her research has been published in Social Media + Society, Mobile Media and Communication, the International Journal of Communication, andthe Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media, among others. Her first book, Youth Participation in Precarious Times: The Power of Polycultural Civics (2020),is now available from Duke University Press.

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