Generation, Discourse, and Social Change

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Routledge, Feb 15, 2013 - Social Science - 190 pages
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Just what is a generation? And why, if at all, does it matter? This book asks what generation means to ordinary people, arguing that generation is real and it matters, but not in the ways that we think. Generations are not groups of people who can be categorized and attributed with static, immutable and universal characteristics, nor are they reducible to cohorts, as is the tendency in much social research. Rather, the book reveals generation to be a social phenomenon and a mechanism of social change - as a constellation of ideas and discourses that explains what happens when ideas and ideals collide, and why some discourses flourish and take hold at particular times.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Constructing Generation
11
2 Questions Concepts Data and Methods
25
3 GenerationasDiscourse in Working Life Stories
42
4 Generational Discourses and Relating to Work
68
5 Why Now? Explaining Generational Discourses around Work
100
6 Explaining GenerationasDiscourse
127
Generation and Work as We Know It
141
Respondents by Age and Gender
147
Demographics
149
Interview Guide
153
Recruitment Poster
155
Notes
157
References
165
Index
173
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Karen R. Foster is a Banting Post-Doctoral Fellow in Management at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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