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Ages and Generations in Interaction
Ages and Generations in Interaction
Background

In this chapter we will look at age relations and suggest that the concept of ‘generations’, especially as it is used in the media, casts age relations in a conflictual light that quickly becomes naturalized. We will demonstrate how ‘generations’ link conceptually with class and gender regimes and the struggles associated with them, obscuring the latter and highlighting age relations as the major problem. Similarly, the systemically ‘conflictual’ relationship between women and children is presented not as an issue within the gender regime – the conflicting demands of individualization on women, the clash between ‘personhood’ and ‘motherhood’ underpinned by social policy, for example – but as a generational struggle. It is framed by one of ...

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