Open Access Presidential Scholars Thesis
The term "generation gap" is usually used to describe a situation in which a division develops between generations. The tension results from one generation, usually the younger generation, possessing a set of values and beliefs that are consistently different from the values and beliefs of another generation, usually the older generation. A comparison of newspaper articles concerning both Hippies and Generation Xers was conducted to illustrate the contention that generational conflict occurs in a cyclical pattern with each successive generation. The older generation usually portrays the younger generation in a negative manner. Articles from both The New York Times and The Des Moines Register from the years 1967-1969 and 1992-1994 were compared. The articles reflected contemporary portrayals of both Hippies and Generation Xers. A latent manifest content analysis resulted in the classification of derogatory portrayals. These categories include: alienated and antisocial; odd and immoral; lazy and apathetic; and childish and unintelligent. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Date of Award
Department of History
Presidential Scholar Designation
A paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation Presidential Scholar
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©1995 - Greg Becker
Becker, Greg, "The generation gap: A comparison of the negative portrayals of hippies and Generation Xers" (1995). Presidential Scholars Theses (1990 – 2006). 39.