Millennial Movements: Positive Social Change in Urban Costa Rica
Published: August 2020© 2020
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 136 Pages
Illustrations: 10 colour illustrations
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
136 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.40 in, 10 colour illustrations
Through social movements that are both grassroots and global, young leaders in San José, Costa Rica, have sought to create positive social change in their communities. Using social media, art, local organizations, corporations, and government entities, these leaders have found creative ways to connect with and support one another’s efforts to promote change and tackle growing concerns, including environmental sustainability, freedom from sexual assault, food security, LGBTQ+ rights, and more.
Presenting case studies of Costa Rican millennial leaders, Millennial Movements shows how youth activists in San José draw from global solutions to address the local problems inhabiting their city. Identifying with the youths that they encounter in each chapter, students will be inspired by the strategies and skills used by these leaders and can adapt them to their own schools and communities.
2. Placemaking, Community-Building, and Appropriation of Public Space
3. Urban Environmental Sustainability and Eradication of Sexism
4. Growers’ Markets, Local Foods, and Sustainable Business Models
5. A Pay-it-Forward Strategy to Combat Food Insecurity
6. Successful Offshoots of a Supposedly Failed Movement
7. LGBTQ+ Activism in the Long Term
8. An Invitation to Action
“Millennial Movements provides new ideas about how the power of DIY urbanism and activism work in a Costa Rican context. It offers an innovative anthropological perspective on the evolution of ‘positive’ social movements that engage youth.” Setha Low, The Graduate Center, CUNY
“Each chapter of Millennial Movements is a human story prompting students to take action, and to consider the possibilities of mobilization in their own communities.” Felipe Montoya, York University
“Millennial Movements is a fascinating portrait of emerging social movements in a rapidly changing world. Using vivid ethnographic examples, Stocker explores the interconnections between food justice, environmental and cultural preservation, and LGBTQ+ activism and illustrates the complex ways in which local and global forces shape contemporary politics. The clearly articulated framework will help students apply what they learn about Costa Rican activism to their own lives and communities." Charles Kline, Portland State University
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