Politics Is Our Daily Bread: New Youth Political Subjectivity in Latin America
Youth politics in Latin America increasingly cross previously assumed dichotomous categories: between culture and politics, individual and institutional, global and local, virtual and “real.” We find that political subjectivity is increasingly decoupled from parties, unions, and the state. Global cultural repertoires intersect with localized and territorialized interests. Activism extends beyond traditional sites to new forms of action and among new places: marginalized sectors of urban and rural society, feminist and indigenous politics, sexuality, and cyberspace. Young adults simultaneously engage institutions while participating in deinstitutionalized, interactional politics. The paper concludes with consideration of how Venezuelan youth political subjectivity illustrates the concept DIY citizenship suggested by global north youth studies but also differs due to the unique context created in-place.