The study of generations has not played a large part in the development of sociological theory. However, recent social developments, combined with the erosion of a strong class theory, mean that generations need to be reconsidered in relation to cultural change and politics. Moving beyond Karl Mannheim's classical contribution to generations, this volume offers a theoretically innovative way of examining the role of generational consciousness in social, cultural and political change through a range of empirical illustrations. On the grounds that existing research on generations has neglected international generational divisions, the book also looks at the interactions between generations and other social categories, including gender and ethnicity, exploring both intra-generational conflict and continuity and considering the circumstances under which generational consciousness may become more salient. The result is a key text for undergraduate courses in social theory, cultural studies and social history, and a valuable reference for researchers across these areas, as well as gender, race and ethnicity.
June Edmunds is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge. Her research background is in ethnicity, nationalism and politics; professionalism; and generations and gender. She has also published The Left and Israel (2000) and various articles in journals including Twentieth Century British History, Politics, Ethnicities and Social Science and Medicine. She is currently editing Generations, Consciousness, Narrative and Politics with Bryan S. Turner.
Bryan S. Turner, previously Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Deakin University, returned to Britain in 1998 to take up the Chair of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. He is the founding editor of the journal Citizenship Studies and the editor of a new journal, Journal of Classical Sociology. He has published widely on issues relating to medical sociology, sociology of religion and sociological theory. He has recently published a book entitled Classical Sociology and has co-edited a volume entitled Politics in Contemporary Social Theory with Anthony Elliott (2001). His current research projects are concerned with post-war generations and cultural change.