Education and Youth Agency

Qualitative Case Studies in Global Contexts

  • Joan G. DeJaeghere
  • Jasmina Josić
  • Kate S. McCleary

Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Joan G. DeJaeghere, Kate S. McCleary, Jasmina Josić
    Pages 1-24
  3. Youth Agency and Community, Historical, and Political Contexts

  4. Youth Agency and the Intersectionality of Gender, Religion, and Class

  5. Youth Agency and Socio-Economic Contexts

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 265-272

About this book


This book offers a comprehensive overview of studies on youth agency across various parts of the world. It explores diverse perspectives on education, citizenship and future livelihoods, modernity and tradition, gender equality, and social norms and transformations as they relate to how young people construct their agency. Drawing on case studies of young women and men from Africa, the Americas and South Asia, this book illustrates the different ways in which education affects youth’s beliefs, engagement, action, and identities in broader historical, social, cultural, economic, and political contexts. Chapters argue for education as a potential force for equity and explore how both formal schooling and informal educational programs may challenge and inspire youth through individual and collective action to change the social conditions affecting their lives and their communities.  The global nature of this book gives readers a deeper understanding of youth agency as a dynamic process in relation to changing economic, political, and social environments.

Featured topics include: 

  • The role of community context and relationships in shaping U.S. youth’s citizen agency.
  • Malala Yousafzai and media narratives of girls’ education within Islam and modernity.
  • Social capital, sexual relationships, and agency for Tanzanian youth.
  • Boys’ agency toward higher education in urban Jamaica.
  • Children’s economic agency in Kanchipuram, India.
  • Vocational training and agency among Kenyan youth.

Education and Youth Agency is an essential resource for researchers, educators, practitioners, and undergraduate and graduate students across such related disciplines as developmental psychology, international and comparative education, family studies as well as public health, educational policy and politics, youth studies, and social policy.


Agency and empowerment in rural India Boy’s agency and higher education in urban Jamaica Coalitional agency and youth development Community context and youth agency Informal vocational education and youth agency in Kenya Relational agency and youth development School and social capital in Tanzania Situational agency and youth development Socioeconomic contexts and youth agency Student engagement and agency Student peer and sexual relationships in Tanzania U.S. African-American change agents Universities and youth agency in Senegal You agency and gender in Honduras Youth activism and agency Youth agency and gendered constructions Youth agency and historical contexts Youth agency and political contexts Youth agency and social change Youth citizenship in the United States

Editors and affiliations

  • Joan G. DeJaeghere
    • 1
  • Jasmina Josić
    • 2
  • Kate S. McCleary
    • 3
  1. 1.University of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.PearsonMahwahUSA
  3. 3.University of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-33342-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-33344-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2195-089X
  • Series Online ISSN 2195-0903
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