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Generations, Culture and Society

Generations, Culture and Society


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What is the role of generations in social, cultural and political change? How is generational consciousness formed? What is the significance of inter and intra-generational conflict and continuity?

Despite the importance of the concept of generations in common sense or lay understanding of cultural change, the study of generations has not played a large part in the development of sociological theory. However, recent social developments, combined with the erosion of a strong class theory, mean that generations need to be reconsidered in relation to cultural change and politics. Moving beyond Karl Mannheim's classical contribution to generations, this book offers a theoretically innovative way of examining the role of generational consciousness in social, cultural and political change through a range of empirical illustrations. On the grounds that existing research on generations has neglected international generational divisions, the book also looks at the interactions between generations and other social categories, including gender and ethnicity, exploring both intra-generational conflict and continuity and considering the circumstances under which generational consciousness may become more salient. The result is a key text for undergraduate courses in social theory, cultural studies and social history, and an essential reference for researchers across these areas, as well as gender, race and ethnicity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780335208517
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 08/01/2002
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

June Edmunds is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge. Her research background is in ethnicity, nationalism and politics; professionalism; and generations and gender. She has also published The Left and Israel (2000) and various articles in journals including Twentieth Century British History, Politics, Ethnicities and Social Science and Medicine. She is currently editing Generations, Consciousness, Narrative and Politics with Bryan S. Turner.

Bryan S. Turner, previously Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Deakin University, returned to Britain in 1998 to take up the Chair of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. He is the founding editor of the journal Citizenship Studies and the editor of a new journal, Journal of Classical Sociology. He has published widely on issues relating to medical sociology, sociology of religion and sociological theory. He has recently published a book entitled Classical Sociology and has co-edited a volume entitled Politics in Contemporary Social Theory with Anthony Elliott (2001). His current research projects are concerned with post-war generations and cultural change.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Generations, war and intellectuals: towards a sociology of generations
Generations and culture
Generations, intellectuals and social movements
Generations, national consciousness and intellectuals
Generations, women and national consciousness

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