Generations Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is a generational constellation?

A generational constellation is four living American generations lined up according to their phases of life. The four 22 year periods include youth, midlife, elderhood, and advanced old age.

2. How do the authors treat their analysis of the generations?

The authors view their analysis of the generations as trains, people moving through time, as an individual might view his own life. Participation in events occur according to where things happen in the lifecycle.

3. What is peer personality?

Peer personality is a set of collective behavioral traits and attitudes that dynamically expresses itself throughout a generation's lifecycle. Some examples would be how they are raised and what they are taught.

4. What other alternating patterns in American history move synchronously between the push and pull of different generations?

Other alternating patterns in American history move synchronously between the push and pull of different generations. These patterns include periods of public action and private introspection, secularism and spiritualism, cultural suffocation and liberation, and overprotective and underprotective nurture of children.

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