How did we get here in the first place? The learning significance of perceived local histories in ways young people experience civic engagement in their post-industrial communities.
Keywords:Post-industrial Communities, Youth to Adult Transitions,
In this article, I explore young people’s perceptions of their region’s past in relation to their present-day lives. I discuss their views of and emotional responses to what they perceive as economic, social, and value markers of the past, what they feel has changed, and what has remained the same. Finally, I consider ways these emotions are entry points for older youth along with school and community adult educators to critically consider the impact local history and shifting cultural, social and economic arrangements have on young people, their communities and global societies. Such critical reflection may serve as a catalyst to challenge notions of civic engagement too narrow to accommodate the merging of old and new meanings of civic identities in globalized post-industrial regions.
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