Introduction: Youth and the city

Karen Tranberg Hansen*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript

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The world's cities are growing at a tremendous rate, especially in the South, where young people form a huge proportion of the overall population. But in spite of the bearing that youth and the city have on each other, most recent scholarship is trapped in a gulf between youth studies and urban studies that complicates our understanding of ongoing transformations of young people's lives in the era of global capitalism. At issue are demographic and socioeconomic changes that are turning young people in the urban South into lead actors in shaping their countries' futures. For cities are where the action is. Young people make their imprint on them now and will do so in the future, even where life is hard and circumstances are difficult.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationYouth and the City in the Global South
PublisherIndiana University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780253351098
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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