Hope and Fear
This book has explored the relationship between race and the politics of youth in Oakland at the dawn of the twenty-first century, as well as the efforts of parents and community activists to construct safe and nurturing environments for the city's children. It has also discussed the challenges faced by youth activists as they sought to reconstruct our ideas of youth in the face of their persistent exclusion from full citizenship and public spaces. It concludes with a discussion of ways to construct a progressive politics of childhood that can challenge neoliberal governance and to create more equal and just childhoods. It also considers the troubling signs of neoliberalism in the politics of youth in Oakland as well as the city's development of more hopeful models that can help correct some of the problems facing kids-first politics, especially unequal childhoods.
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