chapter  6
Intergenerational relations
WithDes Delaney
Pages 24

This chapter provides an insight into the process by which youth are socialised into roles and norms that are sanctioned and maintained formally through the local community and informally in the familial sphere. To gain an empirical insight, this chapter explores intergenerational relations from two perspectives. To begin, narratives presented show a first generation parental perspective on the lives of Muslim youth, particularly in relation to the power to constitute the next generation and continuing efforts to protect youth from perceived-to-be negative cultural influences. Then narratives are presented that show the second generation’s perspective of their elders, particularly in terms of critiquing rigid inflexibility, patriarchy and the ongoing pressure to be a ‘good Muslim’. While such socialisation processes can be positively productive by constitutively shaping and maintaining values, roles and social cohesion, when these processes, internally prescribed in a minority community, become overly penalising and run counter to the wider societal context, then the legitimacy of such powers comes under challenge through forms of critique and resistance.