Youth Subcultures

Generation Boomerang

Students could be asked to write a timeline of their lives as they anticipate them to be after leaving school/college. Ask them to highlight key events and expected ages such as moving out of home, getting their first full-time job and having their first child.

Then provide them with a copy of the following Guardian article which discusses the notion that there is now a ‘Generation Boomerang’  – a generation of people who, after having flown the best, boomerang right back.

Discover More Generation boomerang: children who go back to mum and dad

It will be interesting to see how many (if any at all) have ‘moving back in with parents’ on their timeline.
Students could then identify and research further reasons for the creation of a ‘generation boomerang’ such as increased university tuition fees, a perceived rise in ‘individualism’ or expectations about life, job insecurity and so on.

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