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Stop mugging grandma : the 'generation wars' and why boomer-blaming won't solve anything

Author: Jennie Bristow
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Millennials have been incited to regard their parents' generation as entitled and selfish, and to blame the baby boomers of the Sixties for the cultural and economic problems of today. But is it true that young people have been victimized by their elders? In this book, Jennie Bristow looks at generational labels and the groups of people they apply to. Bristow argues that the prominence and popularity of terms like  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Electronic version:
Bristow, Jennie.
Stop mugging grandma.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2019]
(OCoLC)1103320312
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jennie Bristow
ISBN: 9780300236835 0300236832
OCLC Number: 1109467815
Description: x, 258 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The generation wars --
Boomer-blaming : an elite bloodsport --
Dramatising the crisis --
What's so special about generations? --
Generation fables and the 'end of history' --
Millennial fears --
'Youthquakes' and the politicisation of generational identity --
'Democratic deficits' and the tyranny of 'future generations' --
Ambivalent adulthood --
Social insecurities and grown-up policymaking.
Other Titles: 'Generation wars' and why boomer-blaming won't solve anything
'Generation wars' and why boomer blaming will not solve anything
Responsibility: Jennie Bristow.

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Millennials have been incited to regard their parents' generation as entitled and selfish, and to blame the baby boomers of the Sixties for the cultural and economic problems of today. But is it true that young people have been victimized by their elders? In this book, Jennie Bristow looks at generational labels and the groups of people they apply to. Bristow argues that the prominence and popularity of terms like "baby boomer," "millennial," and "snowflake" in mainstream media operates as a smoke screen--directing attention away from important issues such as housing, education, pensions, and employment. Bristow systematically disputes the myths that surround the "generational war," exposing it to be nothing more than a tool by which the political and social elite can avoid public scrutiny. With her lively and engaging style, Bristow highlights the major issues and concerns surrounding the sociological blame game.

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"In Stop Mugging Grandma [the author] treats 'generationalism' not as an economic fact but a pernicious social and cultural narrative, largely analysed through the British debate" -David Willets, Read more...

 
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