The Sociology of Generations

New Directions and Challenges

Authors: Bristow, Jennie

  • Critically analyses the field of sociology of generations
  • Combines examples from the UK and USA
  • Offers historical and contemporary insights 
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This book suggests that the enduring problem of generations remains that of knowledge: how society conceptualises the relationship between past, present and future, and the ways in which this is transmitted by adults to the young. Reflecting on Mannheim’s seminal essay ‘The Problem of Generations’, the author explores why generations have become a focus for academic interest and policy developments today. Bristow argues that developments in education, teaching and parenting culture seek to resolve tensions of our present-day risk society through imposing an artificial distance between the generations.

Bristow’s book will be of interest to students and scholars in the fields of Sociology, Social Policy, Education, Family studies, Gerontology and Youth studies. 

About the authors

Jennie Bristow is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK, and an associate of the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies.

Reviews

“An engagingly written and impressively resourced book which brings together historical, literary and ethnographic material on formal education and policies on gender, parenting and the ‘safeguarding’ of children - topics rarely considered together. The author holds her novel and ambitious thesis together by locating it within Karl Mannheim’s renowned but neglected theory of generations. She brings out clearly how it was, for him, an example of the potential of the sociology of knowledge.” (Michael Young, UCL Institute of Education, UK)

“Popular usage of the term “generation” tends to be characterised by opacity and imprecision, and the sociology of generations is hardly less murky and contested. The same can be said of public discussion and academic consideration of problems and issues around education, teaching, child protection and safeguarding, parenting and the family, living with uncertainty and risk, gender relationships and reproduction, and bureaucratic and governmental incursions into the personal and private sphere. This short book bravely takes on these issues and more, through a discussion of the idea and reality of generations situated firmly in the sociology of knowledge … Building on refreshingly eclectic sources and ideas, Jennie Bristow offers an engaging discussion of some fundamental issues.” (Heather Piper, Honorary Fellow, University of Edinburgh, UK)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Why Study Generations?

    Bristow, Jennie

    Pages 1-17

  • Fresh Contacts, Education, and the Cultural Heritage

    Bristow, Jennie

    Pages 19-42

  • Teachers, the End of Ideology, and the Pace of Change

    Bristow, Jennie

    Pages 43-65

  • ‘Safeguarding’, Child Protection and Implicit Knowledge

    Bristow, Jennie

    Pages 67-88

  • Gender and the Intimate Politics of Reproduction

    Bristow, Jennie

    Pages 89-112

Buy this book

eBook £29.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-60136-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £39.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-60135-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Sociology of Generations
Book Subtitle
New Directions and Challenges
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-60136-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-60136-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-60135-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 125
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