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Youth Resistance Research and Theories of Change

1st Edition

Edited by Eve Tuck, K. Wayne Yang


244 pages

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Youth resistance has become a pressing global phenomenon, to which many educators and researchers have looked for inspiration and/or with chagrin. Although the topic of much discussion and debate, it remains dramatically under-theorized, particularly in terms of theories of change. Resistance has been a prominent concern of educational research for several decades, yet understandings of youth resistance frequently lack complexity, often seize upon convenient examples to confirm entrenched ideas about social change, and overly regulate what "counts" as progress. As this comprehensive volume illustrates, understanding and researching youth resistance requires much more than a one-dimensional theory.

Youth Resistance Research and Theories of Change provides readers with new ways to see and engage youth resistance to educational injustices. This volume features interviews with prominent theorists, including Signithia Fordham, James C. Scott, Michelle Fine, Robin D.G. Kelley, Gerald Vizenor, and Pedro Noguera, reflecting on their own work in light of contemporary uprisings, neoliberal crises, and the impact of new technologies globally. Chapters presenting new studies in youth resistance exemplify approaches which move beyond calcified theories of resistance. Essays on needed interventions to youth resistance research provide guidance for further study. As a whole, this rich volume challenges current thinking on resistance, and extends new trajectories for research, collaboration, and justice.


“This cogent, rich, and multi-voiced volume advances the field of resistance theory by countering attempts in mainstream scholarship to domesticate youth resistance under the banner of such terms as ‘empowerment’ or ‘civic participation.’ It faces squarely the messiness of resistance by illuminating its complexities, contradictions, tensions, and dilemmas in ways that both honor and deepen our understanding of youth's acts of agency. Kudos to Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang for a bold and courageous text!”—Angela Valenzuela, author of Subtractive Schooling and Leaving Children Behind, College of Education, University of Texas at Austin

“The passion, clarity, and diversity of thought offered here powerfully signal new possibilities for how educators can critically comprehend conditions of educational injustice and the vital role youth resistance plays in the process of transformation. In contrast to the disrespect and hopelessness often attributed to youth in schools, these essays speak volumes to the formidable strength and courage of students, who despite potential risks, rise up valiantly to oppose colonizing educational practices that threaten their humanity. Most importantly, the book challenges one-dimensional notions of youth and resistance by rethinking structural complexities so often ignored. It is truly a must read.”—Antonia Darder, Leavey Endowed Chair in Ethics and Moral Leadership, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

“Tuck and Yang's Youth Resistance Research and Theories of Change could not have come at a better time. Public education, our youth, and communities of color have come under assault from an onslaught of neoliberal education and public policy reforms. This book not only helps us understand resistance in more complex and powerful ways, it points to the critical role of youth in building, activating, and sustaining social justice movements in the 21st century.”—Wayne Au, editor for Rethinking Schools and Associate Professor of Education, University of Washington-Bothell

Table of Contents

1 Introduction to Youth Resistance Research and Theories of Change

Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang

PART I The History and Emergence of Youth Resistance in Educational Research

Part I Introduction by Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang

2 Resistance: The Anatomy of an Idea

Greg Dimitriadis

3 An Intimate Memoir of Resistance Theory

Michelle Fine with Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang

4 Leaking Away and Other Forms of Resistance

James C. Scott with Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang

5 Organizing Resistance into Social Movements

Pedro Noguera with Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang

6 Resistance as Revelatory

Robin D.G. Kelley with Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang

7 What Does an Umbrella Do for the Rain? On the Efficafcy and Limitations of Resistance

Signithia Fordham with Eve Tuck and Greg Dimitriadis

8 Resistance in the Blood

Gerald Vizenor with Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang

PART II The Relationship between Youth Resistance and Theories of Change

Part II Introduction by Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang

9 Thinking with Youth about Theories of Change

Edited by Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang

10 The Politics of Coming Out Undocumented

Lisa (Leigh) Patel and Rocío Sánchez Ares

11 Rethinking Resistance Theory through STEM Education

Antwi Akom and Allison Scott and Aekta Shah

12 Hands Clasped Behind her Back: Palestinian Waiting on Theories of Change

J. I. Albahri with K. Wayne Yang

PART III New Studies in Youth Resistance

Part III Introduction by Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang

13 Youth Resistance Research Methods and Ethical Challenges

Monique Guishard and Eve Tuck

14 Outdoor Education as a Site of Epistemological Persistence: Unsettling an understanding of Urban Indigenous Youth Resistance

Tracy Friedel

15 LGBTQ Street Youth Doing Resistance in Infrapolitical Worlds

Cindy Cruz

16 Out for Immigration Justice: Thinking through Social and Political Change

Daysi Diaz-Strong, Christina Gómez, Maria Luna-Duarte, and Erica R. Meiners

Afterword by Ruth Wilson Gilmore

About the Editors


Eve Tuck

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Eve Tuck is Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations and Coordinator of the Native American Studies Program at the State University of New York at New Paltz, USA.

K. Wayne Yang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies, as well as an affiliate of the Urban Studies and Planning Program and the Department of Education Studies at the University of California, San Diego, USA.

About the Series

Critical Youth Studies

Set against the massive social, cultural, and material dislocations of the new century, Critical Youth Studies interrogates the complex cultural dimensions of young people’s everyday lives today. Drawing together the work of both well known and emerging scholars, this series focuses on "youth studies" as a self-constituting, trans-disciplinary area of inquiry. Operating largely at the specific intersection of education, sociology, and media studies, Critical Youth Studies features authored and edited books, drawing on a range of methods and approaches, treating the span of issues most relevant to youth today.

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