What is the place of young people in today's complex and rapidly changing world? Young people are both a mirror for, and a reflection of, their societies, and it is therefore fundamentally important to understand their perceptions and practices. Drawing from over 8000 interviews and 40 focus groups with young people in eight metropolitan areas of Brazil, this book presents a searching and comprehensive picture of youth, demonstrating both its diversity and singularity, and helping to dispel many of the myths, discriminations, stigmas and prejudices attached to this segment of society. The first three chapters examine the most important aspects of young people's social participation, the importance of school, and the resulting challenges for creating public policies. The remaining chapters consider the study process, the choices made relating to the methodology, how the network of researchers was formed, the reactions of the young people studied, the successful media-relations strategy, and the rewarding partnerships generated from the research. This book is relevant beyond the Brazilian and South American context, with implications for countries throughout the developing and developed worlds. It presents findings that have already had a major impact on public opinion in Brazil and have helped firmly fix the issue of youth onto government agendas. It will be of particular interest to government experts, representatives of youth-related government agencies and NGOs, academic researchers and students working in the areas of youth issues, political science, governance studies, and international development.
Democracy, Citizenship and Youth
Towards Social and Political Participation in Brazil