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Generation X and Generation Y

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

One way people identify themselves or are identified as a collective is through an ascription signifying the historically defined period of time or generation in which they were born. This entry discusses two of the most recent generation age cohorts: Generation X (born 1961–1981) and Generation Y (generally born in the early 1980s to early 2000s).

Generation X

For the group labeled “Generation X” (also known as the “baby bust” generation, following a decline in birthrates after the previous “baby boom” group; “Generation 13,” as they were ...

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