Understanding how young people do activism: Youth strategies on sexual health in Ecuador and Peru
2015 (English)In: Youth & society, ISSN 0044-118X, E-ISSN 1552-8499, Vol. 47, no 1, 3-28 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
While social movement research employs “tactical repertoire” to emphasize protest tactics directed at the state, literature on youth activism globally indicates that young people do politics outside the realm of formal political spheres. Youth activism on body politics in Latin America offers evidence that enhances conceptual tools intended for understanding how young people make claims and towards whom they make them. This paper takes young activists’ strategies as its point of departure through a study that explored how young people perceived their activism to advance sexual health in Ecuador and Peru. Young activists employed a range of interconnected strategies that went beyond protests directed at the state, including responding to adult allies, carrying out social advocacy among youth, building organizations, carrying out political advocacy and developing themselves as activists. Strategies were shaped by the degree to which young activists negotiated alternative notions of ‘youth’ with different actors.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 47, no 1, 3-28 p.
youth activism, Latin America, sexual health, strategies, tactical repertoires
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject Sociology; Public health
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-59668DOI: 10.1177/0044118X12464640ISI: 000345599900001ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84912068709OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-59668DiVA: diva2:555954
FunderForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2006-1512
This work was partly undertaken within the Umeå Center for Global Health Researchwith support from FAS, the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research(grant no 2006-1512). The authors are also grateful for the generous support from Family Care International for providing funding that made the research possible.2012-09-232012-09-232015-04-29Bibliographically approved