Girl Scouts of the USA is the largest organization for girls in the world, with 2.8 million members and more than 50 million American women as alumnae since the first troop was organized in 1912. Although the organization's mission statement has evolved over the years, Girl Scouts has always been focused on training girls to be responsible and resourceful citizens, and, for the past ten years, there has been a renewed focus on leadership development and the empowerment of girls. Through content analysis of the National Leadership Journey books for each program level of Girl Scouting, I explore three specific themes that are emphasized in this new curriculum. Since National Leadership Journey books are now part of the Girl Scout experience from elementary to high school, these messages concerning leadership development could have an impact on millions of girls across the United States.
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Girl Scouts and the Leadership Development of Girls
Girlhood in Action
Contemporary U.S. Girls’ Organizations and the Public Sphere
Jessica K. Taft
This article addresses the growing concern with youth civic engagement by asking how contemporary U.S. girls' organizations envision girls' civic identities. Recent years have seen the growth of girls' organizations that aim to involve girls in their communities. Based on extensive document research and two ethnographic case studies, my analysis distinguishes between this emergent transformative approach and a more widespread, normative model. Transformative organizations engage girls in a sociological analysis of the conditions of their lives, believe that girls should have public authority, and encourage girls' involvement in social change projects. Normative organizations rely upon a psychological understanding of girls' problems, imagine the public as a space of threat and as being full of barriers girls that must learn to overcome, and emphasize service over political action. By comparing these two approaches, this article suggests that scholars and practitioners should carefully consider the implications of organizations for girls' relationship to the public sphere.
Kira Mahamud Angulo and Yovana Hernández Laina
existing economic educational projects. Furthermore, our theoretical approach is based on the idea that individual and collective identities contain an economic component since they are derived from long term political socialization and local, regional
Textbooks in Periods of Political Transition after the Second World War
Kira Mahamud Angulo and Anna Ascenzi
) in Berlanga de Duero (Soria, Spain) from 13 to 15 April 2015. The symposium addressed two main themes of education in times of transition between dictatorship and democratic society: political socialization and civic education. Scholars from Germany
Personal, Powerful, Political
Activist Networks by, for, and with Girls and Young Women
Catherine Vanner and Anuradha Dugal
, Hava R. , and Taft , Jessica . 2010 . “ Rethinking Youth Political Socialization: Teenage Activists Talk Back .” Youth & Society 43 ( 4 ): 1499 – 1527 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0044118X10386087 . 10.1177/0044118X10386087 Hesford , Wendy S
The District Leadership Cadre of the Stasi
Who Were These Men and Why Did They Not Crush Mass Protest in 1989?
Uwe Krähnke, Anja Zschirpe, Philipp Reimann, and Scott Stock Gissendanner
conviction. They pledged loyalty to the East German communist party and saw themselves as its “shield and sword.” The only data available that provides insight into such worldviews and political socialization experiences of the sampled Stasi officers are
Making Sense of the Digital Political Landscape and Assessing the Potential for Mobilization versus Apathy
relation to its potential to strengthen social bonds ( Anderson 2003 ; Hampton and Wellman 2003 ; Holmes 1999 ; Wellman and Hampton 1999 ). James Youniss et al. emphasize the importance of youth-led movements online, given that “political socialization
“Because There Are Young Women Behind Me”
Learning from the Testimonios of Young Undocumented Women Advocates
in their public advocacy work. For this reason, I urge educators to acknowledge the critical political socialization and support networks that students gain through community organizing (see Perez 2015 ) and recognize advocacy as a useful tool for
A Penchant for Protest?
Typifying Canadian Millennials’ Political Engagement
Randle J. Hart
16678155 . 10.1177/0044118X16678155 Gordon , Hava R. , and Jessica K. Taft . 2011 . “ Rethinking Youth Political Socialization: Teenage Activists Talk Back .” Youth & Society 43 ( 4 ): 1499 – 1527 . doi: 10.1177/0044118X10386087 . 10
The Inheritance of Activism
Does Social Capital Shape Women's Lives?
Supriya Baily, Gloria Wang, and Elisabeth Scotto-Lavino
.” Gender & Society 22 ( 1 ): 31 – 55 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0891243207311046 . Gordon , Hava R. , and Jessica K. Taft . 2011 . “ Rethinking Youth Political Socialization: Teenage Activists Talk Back .” Youth & Society 43 ( 4 ): 1499