Alice Taylor

The Youth Turn: Brazilian Youth Movements for Social Justice and Higher Education

In Brazil, activists have led a rich history of social movements in response to coloniality and ongoing social exclusion and violence. That activists mobilize when they are young or as students is not new; more recently, however, the category of “youth” has become increasingly politicized and prominent. My research examines Brazilian youth movements and how and why youth articulate struggles of anti-capitalism, feminism, and anti-racism alongside struggles for equitable access to higher education. I focus on how youth navigate aspirations and collective movements. Situating my work within globally interconnected movements, I employ ethnographic, interview, and archival methods to understand youth experiences and practices in a time of contested educational and political futures.