Generations and New Subjectivities

  • Thomas Johansson
  • Marcus Herz
Part of the Young People and Learning Processes in School and Everyday Life book series (YPLP, volume 1)


This chapter focuses on the concept of generation and similar attempts to capture an age group and a specific cohort’s social and cultural consciousness. Such attempts have a long history. Beginning with Mannheim’s classic concept of generations and generational units, we trace the discussions about generations and cohorts in various directions. There are, for example, clear relationships between attempts to identify market segments among young people and the use of the concept of generation. In this chapter, we try to redefine and reestablish the concept, attaching it to discussions about class, gender and intersectionality.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Johansson
    • 1
  • Marcus Herz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Education, Communication and LearningUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  2. 2.Department of Social WorkMalmö UniversityMalmöSweden

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