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Thinking generations

White, Jonathan (2013) Thinking generations. British Journal of Sociology, 64 (2). pp. 216-247. ISSN 0007-1315

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Often, and increasingly, social and political life is narrated using the concept of generation. This article looks at contemporary expressions of ‘generationalism’ in British public life. It identifies the salient themes which emerge, links these to the social and political contexts in which these ideas are produced, and examines the points where they are vulnerable to critique. Bridging science and normativity, the generational view offers a convenient master-narrative for a variety of political orientations – yet one whose democratic credentials are doubtful.

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Additional Information: © 2013 Wiley
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2013 10:16

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