After schools closed for COVID, most analysis focused on how the quarantine affected young people’s education and economic opportunities. In this brief study, sociologist Jennie Bristow suggests that the major issue could be how the forced break influences the emerging self-image of generation Z, ages 15 to 22. Talking to high school and college students, Bristow shines a harsh light on taking away their education and social ties in the pursuit of safety. Her evocative writing makes sociological theories vivid, while her daughter, Emma Gilland, 16, contributes a candid, ground-level view.
About the Authors
Jennie Bristow, an associate of the Center for Parenting Culture Studies, is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Canterbury Christ Church University. Her daughter Emma Gilland is a member of the Class of 2020.
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