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Génération, générations

Abstract : Many pens write of a “68 generation”, based on the equation May 68=baby boomers. To be sure, it would be incongruous to take their role away, a real one, in the events of Spring 1968. However, it seems to be historically more valid to speak of generations 68 in the plural. Such an observation, important in itself, is equally important concerning the study of the cast shadow these events left. Generations, thus, actors of a present, are always the fruit of a past and it is under the effect of a double differentiation that they diffract a very contrasted common history and become, because of this, a prism in which the shadow carried by this history can be read in various ways. The analysis of this diversity is all the more complex as this or these 68 generations has/have become over recent years the object of a process of responsibility: the words forged by this generation are said to have engendered the defects of contemporary French society. It is also these accusations that make up the shadow cast studied in this article.
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Jean-François Sirinelli. Génération, générations. Vingtième siècle. Revue d'histoire, Presses de Sciences Po, 2008, pp.113 - 124. ⟨hal-03473433⟩

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