Who is stealing young people’s future?

Thursday 17 October, 19:0021:00, The City Arms, 7 Butchery Lane, Canterbury CT1 2JRUK satellites

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The so-called ‘generational divide’ between old and young seems to inform many political debates today. On the one hand it is claimed that older generations voted for their interests and prejudices over the needs of the young, to whom the future belongs. On the other, the younger generations are heralded as either the saviours of politics or the victims of greedy parents. Indeed millennials are often encouraged to regard their parents’ generation as entitled and selfish, and to blame the baby boomers of the Sixties for the cultural, economic, and political problems of today. But is it true that young people have been victimised by their elders? And who stands to gain from making this claim?

In her new book Stop Mugging Grandma: The ‘Generation Wars’ and Why Boomer Blaming Won’t Solve Anything, sociology lecturer Jennie Bristow interrogates the rise of intergenerational conflict. Bristow argues that, throughout the Western world, assumptions about differences of interests and needs between generations have become a new ideology, distorting the framework for wider social and economic debates.

In this inaugural event of the East Kent Salon, Bristow will give a short lecture exploring the prominence and popularity of terms like ‘baby boomer’, ‘millennial’, and ‘snowflake’ in mainstream media and will assess how the discussion on generations relates to important issues such as housing, education, pensions, and employment. Salon attendees will then discuss the issues raised by the book and have the opportunity to interrogate the key arguments that surround the ‘generational war’.