The making of ‘Boomergeddon’: The construction of the Baby Boomer generation as a social problem in Britain

Bristow, J. (2016) The making of ‘Boomergeddon’: The construction of the Baby Boomer generation as a social problem in Britain. British Journal of Sociology. ISSN 1468-4446.

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Abstract

The sociology of generations has attracted an awakened interest in recent years, sparked in part by high-profile media and policy discussions about the problem of the ‘Baby Boomer’ generation. While this discussion tends to focus on resource issues arising from the existence of a relatively large cohort (for example, pensions and healthcare), it contains an implicit moral critique of the generation associated with the economic ‘boom’ of the Sixties. This article examines the development of the cultural script of the Baby Boomer problem in British newspapers over a 26-year period, to examine how shifts in the discourse about the Boomer generation relate to wider social, economic, cultural and political trends.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Jennie Bristow
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2016 10:54
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2016 11:01
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/14903

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