Anarchist Youth in Rural Canada: Technology, Resistance, and the Navigation of Space

  • Jayne Malenfant
Keywords: youth, youth activism, rural youth, anarchism, technology, digital media


How do young people navigate the intersections of transnational forms of technology and local political organizing? This ethnographic research asks how anarchist, activist youth in rural Canada are constructing politically meaningful spaces both online and offline. I think closely on the creation of, and play with, physical, symbolic, and social boundaries and texts (through online forums and the creation of zines), as well as how physical and online activism networks were created outside urban centres. In addition to analyzing the different strategies these youth mobilized to express their political identities and activism, both in rural Canada and within different online forums, I explore in particular how anarchist youth create and maintain global networks in reaction to their experiences of social, economic, and political precarity in national and transnational climates.


DOI: 10.1353/jeu.2018.0020

Author Biography

Jayne Malenfant

Jayne Malenfant is from Kapuskasing, Ontario and is a Ph.D. candidate at McGill University in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education. She is a 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Scholar and a Vanier Scholar. Her work focuses on educational access for youth experiencing homelessness, as well as youth autonomy and activism.

How to Cite
Malenfant, J. (2019). Anarchist Youth in Rural Canada: Technology, Resistance, and the Navigation of Space. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 10(2), 126-151. Retrieved from
Articles on Canadian Youth and Culture in Transnational Perspective