With the erosion of strong class theory, sociologists have recently started to look at aspects of social stratification other than class. One of the most interesting new areas of investigation is the sociology of generations. This book brings together the work of scholars who are making a major contribution to this new sociological interest. Through a combination of innovative theoretical and empirical studies, this book shows that an analysis of generations is essential to an understanding of major social, political and intellectual trends in the postwar period. Each author brings to the volume insights from their own area of specialism - with rich illustrative material spanning topics as diverse as African American identity and Spanish youth culture. Theoretical inspiration also comes from a range of traditions, including cultural and historical sociology; social interactionism; social and cognitive psychology and life course theory. However, a unifying thread emerges around questions about how generations should be conceptualized; the role of trauma generating generational consciousness; the relationship between auto-biography and generational identity and the nature of inter and intra-generational relationships. This volume, therefore, provides a lively contribution to debates about the nature of generations and a stimulating basis for further work in this area.
June Edmunds, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge. Bryan S. Turner, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge.
Part 1 Introduction: Generational Consciousness, Narrative, and Politics Chapter 2 1 Strategic Generations: Historical Change, Literary Expressions, and Generational Politics Chapter 3 2 Generations, Women, and National Consciousness Chapter 5 3 Intellectuals and the Construction of an African American Identity: Outline of a Generational Approach Chapter 5 4 Generational Consciousness, Dialogue and Political Engagement Chapter 6 5 Generational Consciousness of and for Women Chapter 7 6 Youth in the 1990s and Youth in the 1960s in Spain: Intergenerational Dialogue and Struggle Chapter 8 7 Generational Consciousness and Age Identity: Three Fictional Examples Chapter 9 8 The Babyboomers, Life's Turning Points, and Generational Consciousness Chapter 10 9 Nowa Huta: The Politics of Post-Communism and the Past Chapter 11 Conclusion