Generation to Generation
SINCE ERNEST HEMINGWAY famously quoted Gertrude Stein in the 1920s, "You are a lost generation," Americans have been fascinated by the idea of generational difference. Characterizing an entire generation involves a mammoth generalization, of course, and the generalizations are as likely to be resented as embraced by members of the cohort in question. "Generation X was created by some over-40 writer," grumbles Bryant Adkins, expressing a frequent complaint of Gen Xers. Actually, the term Generation X was created by an under-30 writer named Douglas Coupland (see p. 1150), though he was himself suspicious of such labels. With an acute awareness of his elders' commercial designs (a …
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Publication information: Article title: Generation to Generation. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: The Christian Century. Volume: 117. Issue: 31 Publication date: November 8, 2000. Page number: 1139. © 2009 The Christian Century Foundation. COPYRIGHT 2000 Gale Group.
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