Conclusion

in Young lives on the Left
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This conclusion summarises the specific issues, questions and problems raised by this book. In particular, it reflects upon the relationship between memory, subjectivity, and the changing political landscape of the late 1970s and beyond that shaped the stories activists told. It considers Women’s Liberation as a new female political authority on the left that had deep and long-term implications for political, social and emotional life, which continue to raise profound questions for scholars and former activists alike. The final section returns to the question of why young men and women on the left sought new forms of selfhood and ways of relating. It reflects on the way in which private daily struggles over subjectivity related to a mid-century English landscape caught between older political, cultural and social patterns, change and renewal. The result for these young people was for a radical social and cultural scene wrought with contradictions between continuity and discontinuity, and alive with the social and emotional tension these could create for relationships and subjectivity.

Young lives on the Left

Sixties activism and the liberation of the self

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