Journal article

Sociological perspectives on the baby boomers: An exploration of social change

R Leach, C Phillipson, S Biggs, A Money

Quality in Ageing | Published : 2008


The 'baby-boom' generation has emerged as a significant group in debates focusing on population change. The demographic context concerns the increase in the birth rate across industrialised countries from the mid-1940s through to the mid-1960s. From a sociological perspective, boomers have been viewed as a group with distinctive experiences that set them apart from previous generations. In the UK context, however, there have been relatively few detailed studies of the characteristics of the boomer generation and, in particular, that of first-wave boomers (born between 1945 and 1954) now entering retirement. This article draws on a research project exploring changes in consumption and identit..

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