Wasted : How Misunderstanding Young Britain Threatens Our Future Paperback
Young people growing up in Britain today face a narrowing job market, high housing costs and the prospect of a lifetime of hard work with less reward.
The ideas of social responsibility that arose after the Second World War are straining under the demands of a globalised world.
Too often public debate divides Britain's youth into the 'feral rats' of the London riots and the 'posh boys' of Eton.
Business leaders rail at the entitled and unemployable young people they are asked to give jobs to, politicians complain about apathetic teens and commentators devote endless column inches to the issue of a 'self-obsessed' generation. Georgia Gould travelled across the UK to uncover the values, aspirations and challenges of young Brits, from job seekers in Bradford and working-class families in Glasgow's Easterhouse estate, to student protesters at Sussex University and young entrepreneurs in London such as YouTube sensation Jamal Edwards.
If we show young people that we trust them with the future of our country, we will find that they are ready to rise to the challenge.
This timely work points the way towards a new social contract and gives a voice to young Britain.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 07/01/2016
- Category: Age groups: adolescents
- ISBN: 9780349139364