Publication Date: 02/09/2021 ISBN: 9781786499721 Category:


Bobby Duffy

Publisher: Atlantic Books
Publication Date: 02/09/2021 ISBN: 9781786499721 Category:




‘Subtle and compelling.’ Observer

Are we in the middle of a generational war? Are Millennials really entitled ‘snowflakes’? Are Baby Boomers stealing their children’s futures? Are Generation X the saddest generation? Will Generation Z fix the climate crisis?

In this original and deeply researched book, Professor Bobby Duffy explores whether when we’re born determines our attitudes to money, sex, religion, politics and much else. Informed by unique analysis of hundreds of studies, Duffy reveals that many of our preconceptions are just that: tired stereotypes.

Revealing and informative, Generations provides a bold new framework for understanding the most divisive issues raging today: from culture wars to climate change and mental health to housing. Including data from all over the globe, and with powerful implications for humanity’s future, this big-thinking book will transform how you view the world.

Publisher Review

Essential for anyone who truly wants to understand our world. * Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia * Engaging and vital. Anyone trying to understand social change has to distinguish the effects of generations, periods and ages. * Steven Pinker, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of Enlightenment Now * Startling, witty and erudite. This is a must-read, complete analysis of our times - a portrait of the way we live now in all its changing confusions down the generations. Read this to explode the myth of manufactured generational wars. * Polly Toynbee, Guardian columnist * Indispensable... Bobby Duffy is among the most creative and prolific generational analysts anywhere in the world. * Robert Putnam, Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University * Eye-catching and compelling. To get a reliable glimpse of the future it is essential to have clear picture of the present. Generations does it better than anything I've seen in recent years. * Trevor Phillips, former Chair of The Commission for Equality and Human Rights * Excellent. Duffy convincingly and comprehensively punctures the myths around generations that have pigeon-holed people for decades. * Dame Margaret Hodge, former Chair of the Public Accounts Committee * Brilliant. Duffy has built a powerful toolkit for understanding the forces and relationships that shape the world we live in - and the one our children will inherit. * Rafael Behr, Guardian Columnist * The most comprehensive, compelling and careful account for how and why the generations diverge, come together and can better connect. * Danny Dorling, Professor of Geography, Oxford University * A truly brilliant and engaging explanation of a new way to think about how and why we're changing. Duffy picks clever and often amusing examples to illustrate his analysis, while he also recognises the important concerns we all have about the future and our place in it. * Dame Louise Casey, former Director General of the Department for Communities and Local Government * This important book deserves our attention. Duffy casts new light on the endlessly fascinating issue of what links the generations and how they differ. * Lord David Willetts, author of The Pinch *

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