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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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Ambivalent adulthood

Ambivalent adulthood

(p.190) Chapter 9 Ambivalent adulthood
Stop Mugging Grandma

Jennie Bristow

Yale University Press

This chapter reveals a new and increasingly prominent strain of Millennial angst — the problem of growing up itself — and the ways in which the Boomers have allegedly made that so much harder to do. The Baby Boomers are blamed not only for creating the problem of rising house prices and unstable employment, but for refusing to understand their children's pain. Given the scattergun vitriol that blames the Boomers for everything, it is perhaps not surprising that delayed adulthood should be framed as their fault too. But there is a curious tension between the thwarted desire to grow up that Millennial angst tries to exude, and the content of this aspiration. Millennials may rail against being ‘trapped in kidulthood’ — but it is far from clear whether they actually want to escape it.

Keywords:   adulthood, Millennial angst, growing up, delayed adulthood, younger generations, young people

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