The Postmodern Culture and Political Implications
We discovered in Chap. 3 that when we are born dictates the culture we experience. Cultural influences and defining moments during our lives shape our beliefs, attitudes, values, and behaviors. Each generation has rather unique attributes and characteristics. Currently in America, we have four distinct generations. As a cohort, generations approach society, politics, jobs, education, religion, and relationships differently. Some lessons pass from one generation to another. However, at the time, it is difficult to fully anticipate the consequences of influences from one generation to the next.
Demographers and social scholars express concern for the emerging generation. They are at risk psychologically, economically, and socially. There are warning signs when considering rates of delinquency, suicide, violence, and general mental health. Millennials grew up in a culture designed by the “Baby Boomers.” They are a product of what is known as the “postmodern” culture. In this chapter, we discuss the characteristics of a “postmodern” culture and its political implications. Such a review provides insight into the current generation and the political challenges America will face in the future.
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