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Kids these days : human capital and the making of millennials

by Harris, Malcolm,

Format: Print Book 2017
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"The first major accounting of the millennial generation written by someone who belongs to it." -- Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker
"The best, most comprehensive work of social and economic analysis about our benighted generation." --Tony Tulathimutte, author of Private Citizens

"The kind of brilliantly simple idea that instantly clarifies an entire area of culture."--William Deresiewicz, author of Excellent Sheep

Millennials have been stereotyped as lazy, entitled, narcissistic, and immature. We've gotten so used to sloppy generational analysis filled with dumb clichés about young people that we've lost sight of what really unites Millennials. Namely:

- We are the most educated and hard-working generation in American history.

- We poured historic and insane amounts of time and money into preparing ourselves for the 21st century labor market.
- We have been taught to consider working for free (homework, internships) a privilege for our own benefit.

- We are poorer, more medicated, and more precariously employed than our parents, grandparents, even our great grandparents, with less of a social safety net to boot.

Kids These Days, is about why. In brilliant, crackling prose, early Wall Street occupier Malcolm Harris gets mercilessly real about our maligned birth cohort. Examining trends like runaway student debt, the rise of the intern, mass incarceration, social media, and more, Harris gives us a portrait of what it means to be young in America today that will wake you up and piss you off.

Millennials were the first generation raised explicitly as investments, Harris argues, and in Kids These Days he dares us to confront and take charge of the consequences now that we are grown up.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Harris, writer and editor for the New Inquiry, contributor to numerous other publications, and a millennial himself, attempts to deconstruct the stereotypes about millennials that they are entitled, immature, and worse in his first book. Harris draws on a variety of sources to capture the voices and experiences of millennials. Addressing millennial realities from unpaid internships to social-media algorithms, Harris writes clearly and thoughtfully on key issues facing this generation today. This is not a self-help book for those who are trying to adapt into the millennial culture but, rather, a book that reveals the political, cultural, and economic climates that millennials need to navigate, along with the new issues, never seen in previous generations, millennials must address. Readers interested in sociology of class, economic history, and the millennial generation will find plenty of fascinating food for thought here, as Harris uses social theories, economic analyses, and data research to prove his argument that millennials are the hardest working and most educated generation in American history. --Pun, Raymond Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "American millennials-roughly speaking, those born between 1980 and 2000-are arguably the nation's best educated generation ever, but also one with the unfortunate distinction of having come of age just as the American dream was beginning to fade. Harris, a New Inquiry editor and millennial, contends that the rich human capital (as demonstrated by high GPAs, AP classes, enrichment courses, advanced degrees) his generation represents has been exploited by educational institutions and employers. What awaits millennials is precarious employment, student debt, and global warming, rather than the suburban McMansions and ever-increasing salaries their labor was supposed to secure. Harris makes powerful points: health insurance, pension plans, job security-the American laborer's one-time birthrights-are no longer guaranteed. And yet throughout the book, Harris seems to assume that millennials are somehow entitled to a risk-free return on every human-capital investment they make. He focuses on how interns, student-athletes, and even grade-school students doing homework perform demanding but unpaid labor. Harris gives the off-putting impression that he expects nearly everything in life to be remunerative. Readers will come away agreeing that millennials have gotten a raw deal but unconvinced that they represent the new proletariat. Agent: Chris Parris-Lamb, Gernert Agency. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Generation Y -- United States -- Social conditions.
Young adults -- United States -- Social conditions -- 21st century.
Generation Y -- United States -- Economic conditions.
Young adults -- United States -- Economic conditions -- 21st century.
Entitlement attitudes -- United States.
Publisher New York :2017
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description ix, 261 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-248) and index.
ISBN 9780316510868
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