Generational Responses to Job Security, Traditional Class Division, and the American Dream


This paper examines some of the leading theories around the generation question. Using data gathered from the Survey Documentation and Analysis-Frequencies/Cross Tabulation Program, this paper analyzes generational responses to three issues: job security, traditional class division, and the American dream. The purpose of this research is to arrive at which theory of generation more accurately explains generational behavior.

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Wehyee, Y. (2015) Generational Responses to Job Security, Traditional Class Division, and the American Dream. Open Journal of Political Science, 5, 202-209. doi: 10.4236/ojps.2015.53021.

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