By Mike O'Donnell
Age and new release introduces scholars to the most sociological and anthropological matters surrounding this subject, from adolescence to previous age, and focuses, particularly, on formative years tradition.
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E. mainly as a means of making money), and their consumption and life style were mainly family based. Goldthorpe’s and Lockwood’s sample was of married men. However, it seems safe to assume highly instrumental attitudes to work on the part of working-and middle-class teenagers also. They, of course, channelled their income into supporting their particular patterns of consumption and life style. There was a political aspect to this picture of contentment. Although not a mass society theorist, Ralf Dahrendorf argued in Class and Class Conflict in Industrial Society (1959) that class conflict had become ‘institutionalized’ in what he called ‘post-capitalist’ society and that little possibility of, and no good reason for, revolution remained.
Again, we must look elsewhere to explore the dimension of youth conflict. Activities 1 Why did what Mark Abrams refers to as ‘youth culture’ appear so prominently in the 1950s? 2 What truth, if any, do you think there is in the quotation from Quentin Crisp towards the end of this chapter? 01 Note: Mean calculated by applying 4 to the answer ‘very satisfied’, 3 to ‘fairly satisfied’, 2 to ‘not very satisfied’, and 1 to ‘not at all satisfied’, after excluding ‘don’t knows/no replies’ from the calculation.
In the 1960s this basic consensus – assumed or real – was much stressed by social commentators and politicians alike. The implication was that now there existed agreement on fundamentals, people could get on with living ‘the good life’. The second theme, the influence of the United States on British culture, is related to the first. Mass society theory was even more influential in the United States than in Britain. This is not surprising in view of the popular, though I would argue erroneous, notion among Americans that the United States is a classless society.
Age and Generation (Society Now) by Mike O'Donnell