Cohort, generation and time

Ian Rees Jones, Martin Hyde, Christina R. Victor, Richard D. Wiggins, Chris Gilleard and Paul Higgs

in Ageing in a consumer society

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9781861348821
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301431 | DOI:
Cohort, generation and time

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This chapter talks about the theoretical underpinnings of the concepts of cohorts, generation, and time, while referencing the work of Mannheim and others. The analysis that is presented in this chapter is based on large, standardised surveys of expenditure patterns. It is considered to be a necessary and important first step in the understanding of how later life is formed by and contributes to the formation of consumer society.

Keywords: theoretical underpinnings; cohorts; generation; time; Mannheim; expenditure patterns; consumer society; formation

Chapter.  5816 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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