Generational conflict has become a significant issue in Britain in recent years. The Baby Boomers, in particular, stand accused of monopolising society’s resources and leaving younger generations bereft. This claim has had a widespread purchase, both across the political spectrum and across generations.
However, there are a number of questions about how and why this particular generation has come to be framed as a social problem. These pertain to:
- policy debates about the allocation of social resources, such as pensions and healthcare
- concerns about the role of the family, and the relationship between adults and children in wider society
- the relationship between demographic trends and social events
- ageing and the role of the elderly
- broader existential questions to do with knowledge and time.
The problem of generations is an interdisciplinary field, engaging contributions from sociology, anthropology, gerontology, history, psychology, economics, social policy and politics, among others. Our aim over the forthcoming period is to engage with the wider issues surrounding generational contact and conflict, in relation to education, families, and communities.
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