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Book Review: Solidarity Politics for Millennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics by Ange-Marie Hancock

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Ange-Marie Hancock’s Solidarity Politics for Millennials is a wonderful contribution to the scholarly books about politics for the new upcoming generation of 20 to 30 year olds. Given the broad range of ages involved in American politics today, there is a distinct role for cross-generational discussions. The Millennials have to make an attempt to understand these discussions and join in the fight.

Hancock argues that there is a cultural generation gap between the Baby Boomers and the Millennials. This book tries to fulfill the positive potential of the current generation gap in American politics. Each chapter concludes with practical strategies across the generational divide.

Although Millennials are much more tolerant about race, class, and sexual orientation, they fail to recognize that some of the benefits they take for granted today are the result of hard-fought victories that can and do disappear regularly if no one is watching. The cross-generational conversations are designed to inject some levity, while allowing each generation to get a sense of what we need to learn from the other side.

The Boomers and Xers must work collaboratively at correcting the Millennials’ lack of imagination in viewing race, gender, class, and sexual orientation in ways that remains mired in the 20th century, and step into the new millennium armed with new ways of thinking about how to go beyond tolerance. After all, Millennials will soon be making important and influential decisions about our health care.

It is, therefore, in our best interest to help them think deeply about the kind of world many of them aspired to live in when they were the youngest adult generation. The Boomers and Millennials can play a role in restoring their faith in each other. However, this role is earned through a pursuit of interdependence and social justice. It doesn’t just happen by birthright.

The purpose of Solidarity Politics for Millennials is to devise a common set of questions so that Boomers, Xers, and Millennials alike can engage in the endeavour of social justice with humility and hope. This is a technical book that is best suited for scholars and individuals interested in the field of politics. It is a book that should be pondered and reflected upon carefully by the reader.

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