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Stop Mugging GrandmaThe 'Generation Wars' and Why Boomer Blaming Won't Solve Anything$
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Jennie Bristow

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300236835

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300236835.001.0001

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Dramatising the crisis

Dramatising the crisis

(p.38) Chapter 3 Dramatising the crisis
Stop Mugging Grandma

Jennie Bristow

Yale University Press

This chapter illustrates how the ‘Boomer’ of the cultural imagination is a cipher for long-running anxieties about the past, present, and future. In attempting to explain why the Boomers are such a problem today, Blamers go back as far as their limited historical imaginations will take them — to that moment known, simply, as ‘the Sixties’. Boomers have become fall guys for the Sixties, and everything that is seen to have gone wrong since. In addition, the concept of generation is mobilised here as a static, determining force, which needs to be corrected in favour of other generations. The over-inflation of this imagined generational agency denies any sense of individual agency amongst members of the Boomer generation, let alone those that followed. The Boomers are dehumanised as a demographic lump, propelled by their historical moment into screwing up the world for everybody else. The only solution, as some of the Blamers see it, is to wipe the slate clean and start again.

Keywords:   1960s, Boomer-blamers, generationalist fantasies, intergenerational equity, generational inequality, generation zero, generational agency

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