Call for Papers: Short papers on Youth Movements for Social Change / Youth Organizations
July 12, 2012
The Berkman Center for Internet & Society is delighted to announce a Call for Papers for The Kinder & Braver World Project: Research Series
(danah boyd and John Palfrey, editors) presented by the Berkman Center
and the Born This Way Foundation, and supported by the John D. &
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
For more information regarding the series, please see: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/research/youthandmedia/kinderbraverworld
working paper series publishes short papers that synthesize existing
peer-reviewed research or equivalent scholarship and provide
research-grounded insight to the variety of stakeholders working on
issues related to youth empowerment and action towards creating a
kinder, braver world. The papers grow out of different types of
research (e.g., social science, mental health, medical, legal) and are
aimed at different audiences (e.g., youth, parents, teachers, school
boards, religious leaders, policy makers). It will be developed in
phases, and over time will cover a wide range of topics related to youth
empowerment and the development of kindness and bravery.
For this call, we are looking for papers that are related to two topics:
- Youth Movements for Social Change. What
is known about youth organizing and youth social movements? How do
adults and youth work together for social change? How do youth
movements leverage technology? What are psychosocial predictors of youth
engagement? How do peer norms affect youth activism? What is the
relationship between self-efficacy and youth empowerment? What are key
research insights that organizations trying to create a social movement
with youth need to know?
- The Role of Youth Organizations. Youth
have long participated in religious and secular organizations,
including programs like the Girl Scouts of America, 4-H, and
Gay-Straight Alliances. How has participation in these organizations
shaped youths’ worldviews, civic engagement, and social wellbeing? What
kinds of organizational structures work best to engage youth? Does
participation in youth organizations predict healthy civic engagement?
How is social media used by youth organizations? What are notable
successes and failures in creating youth organizations? What are key
lessons from youth organizations that anyone working to support youth
Learn more about The Kinder & Braver World Research Series here:http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/research/youthandmedia/kinderbraverworld.
We look forward to hearing from you; please forward and distribute widely to networks that may be interested.