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The Making of a Generation: The Children of the 1970s in Adulthood

The Making of a Generation: The Children of the 1970s in Adulthood American Sociological Association 2012 DOI: 10.1177/0094306112438190 http://cs.sagepub.com REVIEWS new patterns of family life, a generation in The Making of a Generation: The Children of the search of work/life balance, and a diverse 1970s in Adulthood,by Lesley Andres and generation. In unfolding these themes, they Johanna Wyn. Toronto, CAN: University of show us how, on the one hand, these young Toronto Press, 2010. 271pp. $32.95 paper. people wanted the same sorts of things we ISBN: 9780802094674. wanted at their age—financial security (but not necessarily wealth), good relationships, MELISSA HARDY and happiness. But the circumstances they Pennsylvania State University face are different—better in some ways, Melissa.Hardy@psu.edu more difficult in others. Part of that difficulty stems from the diverse pathways available to Periods of economic insecurity affect differ- young people, which may appear incompre- ent age groups in different ways. Whether hensible to those who argue that more choice is always better. Those trying to figure out you call them generations or cohorts, life experiences framed by the unique intersec- how to get from here to there find that having tion of age and history have proved a fasci- ‘‘endless possibilities’’ is not necessarily nating subject for social scientists. In their a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews SAGE

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© American Sociological Association 2012
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0094-3061
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1939-8638
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10.1177/0094306112438190
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American Sociological Association 2012 DOI: 10.1177/0094306112438190 http://cs.sagepub.com REVIEWS new patterns of family life, a generation in The Making of a Generation: The Children of the search of work/life balance, and a diverse 1970s in Adulthood,by Lesley Andres and generation. In unfolding these themes, they Johanna Wyn. Toronto, CAN: University of show us how, on the one hand, these young Toronto Press, 2010. 271pp. $32.95 paper. people wanted the same sorts of things we ISBN: 9780802094674. wanted at their age—financial security (but not necessarily wealth), good relationships, MELISSA HARDY and happiness. But the circumstances they Pennsylvania State University face are different—better in some ways, Melissa.Hardy@psu.edu more difficult in others. Part of that difficulty stems from the diverse pathways available to Periods of economic insecurity affect differ- young people, which may appear incompre- ent age groups in different ways. Whether hensible to those who argue that more choice is always better. Those trying to figure out you call them generations or cohorts, life experiences framed by the unique intersec- how to get from here to there find that having tion of age and history have proved a fasci- ‘‘endless possibilities’’ is not necessarily nating subject for social scientists. In their a

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Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of ReviewsSAGE

Published: Mar 1, 2012

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