chapter  7
19 Pages

Discontinuous change and generational contracts

ByHenk Becker

In the last few years, research on social change has begun to investigate discontinuities between the experiences of successive cohorts, in particular related to social inequality between the experiences of successive cohorts. However, explanatory models are lacking (De Graaf and Ganzeboom 1993). There are two main reasons for this shift from the previous focus on processes of continuous change. First, empirical data on relatively long periods across the life course have become available, even for cohorts born after 1970. In other words, we have data on many cohorts of individuals that have finished their initial education and grown up in periods showing the effects of processes of discontinuous macro-social change.