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Millennials and Social Capital: Explorations in Re-inventing the American Dream

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Social Capital and Community Well-Being

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Are younger generations disillusioned and disengaged from traditional, institutionalized forms of family, community, politics, and workplace? Facts and figures about Millennials are presented along with three interpretations of Millennials from “Stalled,” to “Cheated” or “Enterprising.” The chapter explores the promise of social capital as currency which enhances opportunities, employment, well-being, and civil society.

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    For females, this trend is different. Median earnings for women with a bachelor’s degree rose 20 % since 1980. Women’s earnings are not yet the same as for men, but a college education is likely to continue to offer women increased wage earning potential (National Chamber Foundation, 2012. The Millennial Generation Research Review).

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Correspondence to Jill W. Sinha M.Div., Ph.D. .

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Sinha, J.W. (2016). Millennials and Social Capital: Explorations in Re-inventing the American Dream. In: Greenberg, A., Gullotta, T., Bloom, M. (eds) Social Capital and Community Well-Being . Issues in Children's and Families' Lives. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-33264-2_2

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