The Sociology of Generations

New Directions and Challenges

  • Jennie Bristow

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Jennie Bristow
    Pages 1-17
  3. Jennie Bristow
    Pages 113-116
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 117-125

About this book


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. 


childhood youth family sociology intimate life Social Policy adulthood identity life course society Mannheim

Authors and affiliations

  • Jennie Bristow
    • 1
  1. 1.Canterbury Christ Church UniversityDepartment of SociologyCanterburyUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-60135-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-60136-0
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