That said we have seen the younger generation, especially Ys and Zs rising up and challenging aforementioned issues, whether it is through attending demonstrations, speaking out publicly, using the knowledge that they have to educate peers, and/or sharing their experiences. The following autobiographical collection entitled ‘When the Personal Gets Political: Linking Student’ Sociological Autobiographies to Broader Social and Political Contexts’ is an example of how Generation Ys and Zs from the Sociology and Combined Honours, and History and Sociology degrees share their stories and experiences.
The stories are very diverse and include accounts about experiences of Islamophobia, agism, resistance against domesticity as a gender role expectation in African contexts; decisions about leaving particular religions and experiences of mental and physical health, amongst others. Each one adopt different written styles. Some are humorous ‘rants and bants’, whereas others are more serious narration. Nevertheless, they all demonstrate how social structures can impact on individual experiences, but also as noted in the foreword, much resilience is evident.
The book was achieved with the common efforts of Dr Louise Owusu-Kwarteng, Vania Thewlis from the Research and Enterprise Support Office and Andrew Shreeve.
Absolutely well worth a read and a spotlight stealer!