Generation X in the Age of Creative Destruction

Book - 2008
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Generation X grew up in the 1980s, when Alex P. Keaton was going to be a millionaire by the time he was thirty, greed was good, and social activism was deader than disco. Then globalization and the technological revolution came along, changing everything for a generation faced with bridging the analog and digital worlds. Living in a time of "creative destruction" - when an old economic order is upended by a new one - has deeply affected everyday life for this generation; from how they work, where they live, how they play, when they marry and have children to their attitudes about love, humor, happiness, and personal fulfillment. Through a sharp and entertaining mix of pop and alt-culture, personal narrative, and economic analysis, author Lisa Chamberlain shows how Generation X has survived and even thrived in the era of creative destruction, but will now be faced with solving economic and environmental problems on a global scale.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, c2008
ISBN: 9780786718849
Branch Call Number: 305.2 Chamberl
305.2 Chamberl
Characteristics: xi, 212 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Dec 27, 2011

In this essay, Chamberlain looks at the contributions of Gen-Xers to modern society. From the workplace and family, to politics and economics, she looks at the place that this generation carved for itself despite chattered expectations, glum economic prospects and unexpected world events, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to 9-11. The analysis is superficial at best: Chamberlain takes a cursory look at these issues, couches them in pop culture and validates them with one-off examples that all seem to have an arts background (all friends of Ms Chamberlain?). Nonetheless, I liked her optimism and her look at a generation's adaptability in a society that went from a static model to a very dynamic one. I also think that her conclusions are acute, even if they are more impressions than hard facts.
A quick read but one that gives a good glimpse at a generation that is rethinking family (from single-sex couples with children to single parents), work (mobility, work-life balance), politics (grass-roots involvement) and economic models (local influence and the free-economy).


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