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Defining the world’s young people as those born after 1979 – a hugely symbolic moment in the history of globalisation – it reflects on the massive growth in generational protest across the globe thirty years later. At its heart is an analysis of politics through the prism of generation. The incapacity of the major political parties in Britain to think beyond their short-term electoral interests is, by definition, particularly harmful for those at the beginning of their lives. It has led to a failure to act on climate change and to savage cutbacks in education and training, an acute shortage of housing, big cuts in youth services, and, for many, the prospect of an old age without pensions. Things have deteriorated to the point where many young people are finding it impossible to find the wherewithal to settle down and have families – the classic marks of adulthood. But, as Shiv Malik argues in his preface, a diagnosis of the problem does not absolve the young from taking responsibility for developing solutions. We need more than ‘a whinge of epic proportions’. And, as he also points out, the young are well placed to develop alternatives: ‘we are the most well-educated, innovative, dynamic and open generation in human history’. This means that this book also has plenty of ideas for changing the future. Chapter "Forget markets: it’s ownership that really matters" by Ben Little argues that the left's focus on the marketisation of everything over the last 30 years has been misplaced. It suggests that left activism and policy making should return its focus to property and ownership, not just for the sake of equality, but to combat alienation and give people a stake in their work.
|Additional Information:||Part of an ongoing project to engage the generation born after 1979 in politics. 55,000 downloads by the end of March 2012. Contributors: Patrick Ainley, Guy Aitchison, Christo Albor, Martin Allen, Jamie Audsley, Craig Berry, Guppi Bola, Matthew Cheeseman, Clare Coatman, Chris Coltrane, Ray Filar, David Floyd, George Gabriel, Tim Gee, Richard George, Paolo Gerbaudo, Jeremy Gilbert, Deborah Grayson, Noel Hatch, Tim Holmes, Rina Kuusipalo, Ben Little, Becky Luff, Shiv Malik, Peter McColl, John Miers, Jim O'Connell, Adam Ramsay, Kirsty Schneeberger, Guy Shrubsole, Charlie Young.|
|Research Areas:||A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media|
|Depositing User:||Ben Little|
|Date Deposited:||24 May 2012 11:15|
|Last Modified:||13 Oct 2016 14:24|
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