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Maria de los Angeles Torres, Irene Rizzini, and Norma Del Rio

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037658

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037658.001.0001

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New Paradigms of Civic Participation among Youth

New Paradigms of Civic Participation among Youth

A Study in Mexico City

Chapter:
(p.90) Four New Paradigms of Civic Participation among Youth
Source:
Citizens in the Present
Author(s):

Norma Del Río

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037658.003.0004

This chapter examines new paradigms of civic participation among Mexico City's youth. In recent years, international human rights organizations have stressed the need for participative democratic change in Mexico City. In response, the Federal District's left-wing administration has enacted a series of laws, including the Federal District Act for the Rights of Boys, Girls and Adolescents and the Act for the Federal District's Youth in 2000, a law to foster citizen participation in 2004, and the act for the prevention and eradication of discrimination in 2006. However, a gap still exists between the legal sphere and the implementation of social policies that manage and provide democratic spaces for the real practice of citizenship. This chapter discusses the demographics of youth activists in Mexico City as well as their educational trajectories, families, organizations they are involved in, social identities, motivations for engagement, social awareness, and political ideas.

Keywords:   civic participation, Mexico City, youth, citizen participation, discrimination, social policies, citizenship, youth activists, social identities, social awareness

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